The Ardmore City Schools education board approved a resolution encouraging the state Legislature to fund a teacher pay raise, but they haven’t decided if they will participate in the looming statewide teacher walk out.
Superintendent Kim Holland addressed the crowded room, explaining the board still had several things to consider before making a decision.
“I want you to know this board is continuing to ask questions as far as what is going to be best for our teachers,” Holland said. “We’re focused on getting our teachers and our support staff a raise. It’s not really about the walkout, it’s about the money and funding schools fully.”
Concerns about standardized testing, which would fall on the week of the walkout, students who rely on free and reduced lunch and the effect on students’ academic performance were all mentioned as complicating factors.
“I can’t tell you we have unanimous consensus, we’re kind of all over the page right now,” Holland said. “You’ll be asked what you think probably more than once between now and when the board has to decide.”
Ardmore Education Association President Amanda Cramer thanked Holland for the resolution during the meeting. She said above all, teachers want to avoid a walkout, but their financial situation has become dire.
“Any time your board and superintendent publicly stand up and give a resolution to address their support for your teachers and staff, I think it speaks volumes,” Cramer said. “I think it’s really a question now of ‘when.’”
Cramer said the association would not support a teacher walkout without the full support of the administration and the board. Starting April 2, ACS will send teacher delegates to Oklahoma City to continue to push for a teacher pay raise whether the district participates in a walkout or not.