Newly appointed board member Linda Schroder jumped right into the business of Ardmore City Schools Tuesday night.

She shared her experience with YW8, and later motioned for the approval of YW8 as the sexual avoidance/abstinence educators for the district.

"I know YW8 and wanted them to be in Ardmore City Schools," she said.

Schroder replaces Heather Cajina, who resigned from Seat 1 in July. The zone covers the southern and southeastern parts of the district.

"We're excited to have a complete board, and will move forward with the district work at hand," said board president Willie Tiller.

The seat will be up for an unexpired term election in February, and Schroder said she is interested in running.

Schroder retired from teaching math at Ardmore Middle School in May 2012, and was the district teacher of the year in 2010-11.

"I'm giving back to them what they gave to me," Schroder said. "Now that I'm retired, I have the time to be on the board."

Other board members were glad to welcome their newest member.

"As a retired teacher, she will have a lot to offer as a board member," said board vice president Lucinda Hull. "She understands the workings of the board, and will be an asset to our board."

In other board business, contracts for the new middle school roofing project were approved.

The contractor will be Clayco Industries, Inc. DBA Ford Roofing and Sheet Metal out of Lawton. The guaranteed maximum price is $572,858.

The board also approved a switch from the UNUM Group to Mutual of Omaha as the district's life insurance carrier. The change was a recommendation from Jane Seals with the Bramlett Agency, and has the added benefit of accidental death and dismemberment for the same cost.

New certified hires were Philip Black, high school math; Larry Buck, middle school social studies; Tommy Hammons, high school language arts; Ryan Keeton, middle school math; Mark Stevenson, percussion; and Merry Wilson, Charles Evans first grade.

Non-certified hires were Christa Fields as middle school pom and cheer coach; Judy Kinder, middle school paraprofessional; and Leonard Sanders, high school paraprofessional. Cashiers/cooks are Macy Rae Crisp at Lincoln, Rhonda Mayes at the high school, Barbara Smith (site to be determined) and Anquanett Walker at the high school.

Resignations noted were Erin Hogendyk as high school cook; Tresa Kagan, middle school paraprofessional; and Alyson Sampson as Will Rogers custodian.