The regularly scheduled meeting of the Marietta Board of Education was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2 by board president Frank Lornes.
As the first item of business on a lengthy agenda, the board approved the February board minutes before moving on to the superintendent’s report.
Superintendent Brandi Naylor gave the board an update on construction projects. HVAC is being installed, along with sheetrock, taping/bedding, and painting in the STEM/Admin building, as well as buildings in the sports complex. All projects are in the home stretch and should be completed soon.
Next, the board heard from James Kerr, president of Kerr 3 Architects in Edmond. The firm was asked to evaluate the campus for the most feasible way to end overcrowding. Kerr presented three design and construction options as part of a plan to create new classroom space.
During the following agenda item, the board heard from Jennie Davis, chair of the school’s Continuous Strategic Improvement-School Experience and Community Engagement goal area.
“Our committee is working on several ways to increase stakeholder involvement,” said Davis. “We are seeking more ways to recognize our staff, students, and teachers, as well as ways to involve parent volunteers.”
According to Davis’s report, the committee is conducting research prior to organizing a parent support organization, as well as developing ways to increase communication with parents.
After Davis’s report, several agenda items received the board’s approval, including using surplus hours in the schedule to cover recent days missed for inclement weather and avoiding any changes in the remainder of the calendar year.
Also approved were the adoption of the Love County Hazard Mitigation Plan, a contract with Kerr 3 Architecture firm for the upcoming bond election, renewal of the district’s contract with Municipal Accounting Systems software service used for student attendance and accounting purposes, and renewal of the OKTLE contract used for teacher evaluations.
Before voting to enter executive session, the board accepted the resignation of middle school custodian Linda Lambert.
After returning to open meeting, the board announced the hiring of Olivia Carmona as the new middle school custodian. Additionally the board approved of the hiring of two new coach/teachers for the 2020-21 school year.
Alex Doby will be the head football coach and teach U.S. History in the high school. Doby is presently serving as an assistant football coach and middle school geography teacher in the Ardmore City Schools.
Ron Love will be the new head track and cross country coach, along with teaching computer classes. Love is currently an assistant track coach at Plainview.
With no new business to consider, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.