Tahlequah Public Schools will probably receive less in state funding for the 2010-’11 school year based on the district’s Annual Statistical Report, which measures student enrollment and attendance for the purposes of calculating state aid.

Terry Garrett, executive director of technology and operations, told the Tahlequah I-35 Board of Education at its monthly meeting Monday night that the district’s overall average enrollment was down about 19 students, with most of the decrease coming from Tahlequah Middle School and Tahlequah High School.

“This is good for our football team staying in Class 5A, but in terms of funding its going to be not so good,” said Garrett.

Garrett also told the board that the district’s proposal for the new Heritage Elementary School, located in the Southridge addition in the southern part of the city, had been approved by the Planning and Zoning Committee, and would now go on to the Tahlequah City Council for approval next month.

Bids are currently being accepted on the school project, Garrett said.

The council is also considering approving construction requests for the proposed changes at the THS and Greenwood Elementary cafeterias.

In other business, Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Moore thanked the school district for hosting FreeWheel, the annual cross-state bicycle trek, at THS.

“I want to convey the thanks of the Chamber and the community for hosting the FreeWheel camp,” said Moore.

“It’s no small feat setting up a camp for 1,100 people. A lot of things went into setting up the campsite and we had a lot of help from a lot of different people,  but we absolutely could not have done this without Tahlequah Public Schools.”

This was the fourth time Tahlequah had been a host city on the journey, Moore said.

“It was so good to see the tents set up and the crowds downtown,” said board member Donna Tinnin. “Each one of those people means more dollars for our community.”

The board approved renewals of a number of contracts for the 2010-2011 school year.

In other business, the board approved:

• Fundraisers for TMS pom, TMS cheerleaders, THS band, THS baseball, THS boys basketball, THS varsity cheer and THS softball.

• A certificate of authority authorizing Superintendent Shannon Goodsell to act as the delegate to deal with the state and federal government.

What’s next

The next meeting of the Tahlequah I-35 Board of Education is Monday, July 19, at 6 p.m., in the TPS Administration Building.


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