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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Supporters will be heard at BOE meeting

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  • The request to be placed on the agenda for Tuesday’s Ardmore Board of Education meeting has been granted, confirmed one individual actively involved in the recent upspring of support regarding Ardmore High School Principal Kim Holland.
    The request was submitted March 28 by Ronnie Tipps with the backing of 1,176 others who had signed a petition in support of Holland.
    Attorney Glen Burns said Wednesday afternoon Tipps was notified that he will be given time to address the Ardmore board and top district officials, at which time he is expected to express the desire that the board rescind the resignation Holland submitted. The regular scheduled board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the high school.
    “It will be on the board agenda, and we feel like is a very positive thing,” Burns said. “We are doing everything we can to get this resolved before this meeting. We are optimistic about that. If we are not able to, we will be at the board meeting and, hopefully, that will be a very positive outcome.”
    In early March, Holland submitted a letter of resignation to Ardmore City Schools Superintendent Sonny Bates. The resignation, which will take effect at the end of the year, was accepted by Bates at the March board meeting.
    Burns, along with “a significant number of community members,” began circulating a petition in support of the well-liked administrator in late March. The petition began after the group learned that Holland had delivered a letter to Bates and the school board requesting that the decision to accept his resignation be rescinded.
    The petition with 1,176 signatures was attached to a letter requesting an agenda item at the Tuesday meeting. The request letter was signed by Tipps, an Ardmore alumnus and former AHS football coach.
    That letter states the desire for the school board to vote in open session at the meeting “to waive its policy regarding the revocability of resignations and to rescind the decision to accept his resignation.” The final request is that four minutes be given to address the board for expressing why the board should consider and take action.
    “We are anticipating a pretty good turnout for this,” Burns said. “There is a lot of public interest in this, and we feel like people will come out to support Mr. Holland.”
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