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Purcell Schools reap corporate generosity


Two donations totaling $35,700 will be put to good use by Purcell Public Schools.

That was the news shared with school board members Monday evening by Dr. Sheli McAdoo, superintendent.

The $28,200 donation from the Chickasaw Nation will help defray the cost of technology acquisition and replacement, McAdoo said.

Seth Wadley Auto Group donated $7,500 to the district.

McAdoo also told the board that enrollment is currently 1,461, up 55 students from 1,406 a year ago. The gains were at the intermediate school (27 students) and high school (36 students).

Student numbers at the elementary and junior high were down six and two students, respectively.

“If this holds, we should see additional funding in our mid-term adjustment,” she said.

McAdoo gave updates on summer projects that are nearing completion.

Work on the gym floor at the high school should be complete next week and a walk-in freezer has been added at the intermediate school.

A playground project at the intermediate school is scheduled to start in November with the installation of big toy and adaptive playground equipment for special needs students.

McAdoo noted that Chickasaw Lighthorse Police will use the old junior high school for training September 28-29 and October 3-5.

The training began Wednesday and continues today (Thursday).

Athletic director Ricky Hammer provided the board with an overview of sports across the district, including the addition of a wrestling co-op agreement with Lexington Public Schools.

Competition between the districts will be for both boys and girls.

In addition, the athletic department is looking into the possibility of adding soccer as a spring sport.

Hammer also shared the design for the new gymnasium floor. The floor will remain hidden from students.

In other business, the board:

  • added Lauren Melvin to all accounts and treasury management;
  • rescinded regulations on the board teleconferencing or videoconferencing;
  • approved a $500 retention stipend for certified workers and $250 retention stipend for non-certified workers;
  • hired Steffany Ward to teach fifth grade, Chandra Burchette and Grant Gish as junior high paraprofessionals, Talytha Tomlinson as intermediate school paraprofessional and Steve Massey as high school custodian;
  • accepted resignations of Marvin Fields (high school custodian), Burchette (junior high paraprofessional) and Angela Stone (treasurer, retiring November 1); and
  • approved reassignment of Kristy Behrens (junior high paraprofessional to high school office assistant), Melvin (treasurer assistant to treasurer effective November 1) and Allie Hamilton (high school paraprofessional to junior high paraprofessional).


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