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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Cajina resigns Ardmore school board position

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  • Heather Cajina's letter of resignation to the Ardmore City Schools Board of Education was accepted Tuesday in a 3-0 vote.
    "It has been a pleasure working with her, and we hate to lose her," said board vice president Lucinda Hull.
    Cajina, who served Zone 1 in the southern and southeastern parts of the district, took office in February 2011. Her term was set to expire in February 2016.
    The Ardmoreite's attempts to reach Cajina for comment were unsuccessful.
    The school board will appoint someone to serve in the open seat until the next regular school board election in February 2014. Whoever wins that election will then serve the two remaining years of the unexpired term.
    According to a press release from the board of education, the plan is to fill the seat by the August regular meeting.
    Letters of interest can be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent, P.O. Box 1709, Ardmore, Okla. 73402. The letter should include name, address, phone number and reason why applicant wants to serve on the board.
    Interested parties must live in Zone 1, which includes Lincoln Elementary and City Hall, south to the district's southern border and east to Hardy Murphy Coliseum. Maps can be viewed at the Education Services Center and the Carter County Election Board office.
    To ask questions, contact the superintendent's office at (580) 223-2483.
    In other business, the price of some lunches was raised 5 cents. The change only affects the 19 percent of students in the district who currently pay full price for meals. The lunch price for reduced price lunches remains the same.
    First- through fifth-grade lunches will increase from $1.15 to $1.20.
    Middle and high school lunches will increase from $1.25 to $1.30.
    The increase is based on a federal mandate requiring schools to close the gap between the amount a district receives in reimbursement for students receiving a free lunch and the amount students who pay full price pay.
    Due to a larger increase two years ago, an increase last year was not required. However, on average, schools must increase 5 cents annually to close the gap. Otherwise, districts will be mandated to close the gap all at once.
    "Every year, we go up 5 cents because it would more than double the price if we did it all at once," said Child Nutrition Director Jennifer Roach.
    Also, adult lunches will increase by 10 cents, going from $3.10 to $3.20. Roach says adult meals must cost what it takes to make it.
    The lunch price changes are coupled with last month's decision to offer universal breakfast, which means anyone regardless of meal status can eat breakfast for free.
    For students who pay for both meals daily, the meal price changes will result in $1.10 daily savings for first- through fifth-grade students, and $1.20 daily savings for middle and high school students.
    Page 2 of 2 - The board also hired 11 new certified staff members.
    At Will Rogers Elementary, Myiesha Antwine will be assistant principal and Kate Kniskern will teach Head Start.
    At Ardmore Middle School, Sheritta Bright and Dennis Tolbert will teach science, Betty Thele will teach special education and Karen Vann will teach language arts.
    At Charles Evans, Jennifer Juric will teach fifth grade, Angela McElhiney will teach second grade, Anita S. Robinson will teach first grade and Sarah Watts will teach music.
    At Take Two Academy, Kevin Gill will teach social studies and physical education.
    Pending funding, JoAnn Graham was rehired as video conference coordinator, and Helen Thomason was rehired as an assistant.

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