Tahlequah Daily Press

March 14, 2013

KPS alternative program praised

By ROB W. ANDERSON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — The Keys Public Schools Alternative Program received praise Monday during the regular KPS School Board of Education meeting.

Jordan said Keys reported nine of its students left the school during the 2011-’12 academic year, but the district was able to adjust that number this year with information provided by some of the students who dropped out last year.

“Three finished their GEDs and turned that information in to us,” she said. “We’ve started our alternative program on campus for the first time, and as of now, we’ve not had any kids drop out this year.”

Revisions were approved for the following board policies: Board-Supertinendent Relationship, Superintendent Evaluation Form, Safe School Committee, School Security Drills, Disaster Plans, Administrator’s Crisis Intervention Checklist, Disaster Plan Procedures, Nepotism, Food Procurement/Regulation and School Bus Drivers/Regulation.

Jordan informed board members the current sequestration of 5 percent would mean about $50, 000 less in federal funding for the district next year.

“With the passage of State Question 766 last year, it is estimated that education will lose over $100 million statewide, which could mean a loss of over $100, 000 at mid-term in 2013-14,” she said. “It is impossible to plan for these kinds of drastic cuts in funding.”

What’s next

The next regular Keys Public Schools Board of Education meeting will be held Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Keys High School Library, 26622 S. 520 Road.

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