The Ardmore City Schools Board of Education meeting opened with a number of recognitions.
The meeting was opened by recognizing the “Teacher of the Year” for each school site. The teachers were given certificates and thanked by Kim Holland, ACS superintendent.
“I can’t say enough how lucky we are to have you all,” he said to the teachers.
Holland then announced the three finalists for the district teacher of the year, who will be named tomorrow at a staff appreciation event. Robin Spriggs, Jefferson Elementary School; Kim Beard, Lincoln Elementary School; and Donna Blackmon, Will Rogers Elementary, were named as the finalists for the award.
Harry Spring, ACS board member, applauded the teachers for their work and said he has visited several ACS schools this semester. He said many of the schools have said teacher applications have increased, with more teachers seeking positions in Ardmore schools.
Three student organizations were also honored in the opening moments of the meeting, with the Ardmore Lady Tiger’s Basketball Team, The ACT and the Ardmore FCCLA being honored for accomplishments. The Lady Tiger’s team competed for a state championship this season, taking home the State Runner-Up trophy following a defeat in the championship game. Holland applauded the group for their class, drive and representation of ACS.
The ACT was honored for claiming its second consecutive OSSAA 5A Speech and Debate state championship and the runner-up State Academic championship. The Ardmore FCCLA had four students honored for competing in the state at various levels. Two students will also represent Ardmore and Oklahoma in national competition.
Following the recognitions, the board moved to approve a lease agreement between the district and the University Center of Southern Oklahoma for the 2017-2018 school year. Discussions surrounding the facility at 611 Veterans Blvd, just east of the Ardmore High School campus, have been ongoing as ACS looks to move its administration into the facility.
With the proposed lease agreement the building will be “divided in half,” with the north side of the building continuing to be used and operated by UCSO. The ACS administration will move into the south end of the building. The district plans on making the building the permanent residence of the ACS administration, according to a document detailing the lease agreement.
Holland said UCSO has plans to eventually move all its functions to the new campus, which was officially opened in January. With the proposed agreement UCSO will still operate some classrooms on the north side and the library will remain under the direction of UCSO.
Holland said some administration will remain in the current administration facility in the Douglas Building.
“We’re going to maintain an office at the Douglas Building so that we can accommodate the folks on the southeast part of our district and make meeting them more convenient,” he told the board.
The agreement was unanimously approved by the board.
Holland said the final version of the lease agreement will have specific information about the costs for UCSO. The agreement will go to the UCSO board of trustees for approval.