Tahlequah Public School Board members appointed Pam Hazen to fill the remaining three months of Jim Wilson's term.

The board honored Wilson, a former state senator, for his service to the community and TPS. Wilson died of cancer last month.

The election for Seat 4 will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019, and the elected board member will be sworn in during the April meeting.

Per Oklahoma statue, the TPS board had to declare the seat vacant and appoint a replacement or hold a special election that TPS would have to fund.

"Mr. Wilson's position will be tough to fill," said TPS Board President Brian Berry, before the board went into executive session. "It is hard for me to even talk about this."

In other board action, Jack Jenkins of Jenkins and Kemper, CPA, presented the annual FYE 2017-2018 audit.

Jenkins told the board the district passed, and there was one finding. He said the bank statements to the Student Activity Account need to be reconciled.

"The record-keeping in this district is immaculate," Jenkins said.

TPS Finance Director Diane Adamson said she was pleased with the report.

The board voted to restructure seven of the board meetings next calendar year to the third Thursday of the month. TPS Superintendent Leon Ashlock said this is due to the bank statements arriving in the second week of the month and trying to get all the financials ready for board meeting.

"I want Diane to have more time to prepare," he said.

Adamson said the statements arrive two days before the board meeting, and it is too short of a time frame to get financial statements ready.

"There are some big school districts that operate a month behind," she said. "Tahlequah does not. I do not like to do that because it is too far out."

Ashlock told the board that enrollment districtwide was 3,595 as of Dec. 13, and that reflects 21 students down from Oct. 1, but up 14 from Oct. 1, 2017.

What's next

Tahlequah Public School Board will meet for its next regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. in the board's conference room.

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