PPS School Board Members

Fred Sordahl

President Fred Sordahl

Paul Melchior

Vice President Paul Melchior

Wes Miller

Clerk Wes Miller

Member Dean Robertson

board member

Member Branson Perry

Pryor Public Schools 

Regular Board Meeting 

September 7, 2021 

Pledge of Allegiance 

Approved Minutes of August 2, 2021 

No Public Comment 

Approved Treasurer’s Report 

Approved Encumbrances, Encumbrance Report & Other Expense Reports for 2021- 2022 

Approved Estimate of Needs for 2021-2022 school year and the Financial Statement for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Designated David Stanley as District Safety Coordinator. 

Designated Kristi Scalf as Assistant Treasurer 

Approved the Employee Handbook for the 2021-2022 school year. Approved Pryor Athletic Handbook for Coaches. 

Approved continuing agreement with 5B Bar Enterprise LLC for bus driver clearinghouse services. 

Approved K&K Insurance Plan for Student Accident Insurance for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Approved Emergency Medical Technician Training Program MOU with KEMS Training Academy. 

Approved Addendum to Client Services Agreement with the Instructional Coaching Group to change dates of service and add an additional day of services. 

Approved agreement with Developing Minds, Inc. to provide professional development on September 24, 2021.

Approved lease agreement with Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority for use of the MidAmerica Expo Center Convention Hall as location for professional development on September 24, 2021. 

Approved changes to activity account names as follows: Tiger Express Girls Track to Tiger Express Girls Track and Cross Country and Tiger Express Cross Country to Tiger Express Boys Cross Country 

Approved Teacher Cadet program to travel to Pittsburgh State University in Pittsburgh, KS on September 16, 2021. 

Approved High School Career Tech Student Organization to travel to Career Day Conference in Branson, MO on October 6, 2021. 

Approved FFA to travel to Coffeyville, KS cattle grading contest on September 24, 2021. 

Approved boys soccer team to travel to Gatlinburg, TN March 17-March 20, 2022 to play in the Smokey Mountain Cup Tournament. 

Approved girls soccer team to travel to Gulf Shores, AL March 30-April 3, 2022 to play in the Southern Coast Cup Tournament. 

Approved out-of-state transportation for trip to Overland Park, KS to visit Blue Valley CAPS program on September 15, 2021. 

Approved of fundraisers and purpose of accounts for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Designated all science curriculum materials from the previous adoption period as surplus. 

Approved agreement with NFHS Network School Broadcast Program for equipment and broadcast rights for athletic events as presented. 

Approved Consent Agenda Items A-W (These items may be approved by one Board motion, unless any Board member desires to have a separate vote on any or all of these items). 

Voted to approve the purchase of real property located in Mayes County, Oklahoma.

Voted to approve or not approve the resignation of Jari Mitchell-LECC Paraprofessional and any other resignations or retirements tendered. 

Voted to approve hiring the following Non-Certified Personnel for the 2021-2022 school year: Stacy Cantey- Lincoln Paraprofessional, Taylor Heston – High School Paraprofessional, Karla Martin – Roosevelt Paraprofessional, Karen Morey – District Services Shuttle Driver, Evelyn Rossiter – Lincoln Paraprofessional, Tymber Walsh – LECC Paraprofessional, Reuben Espinoza – District Services Shuttle Driver, Caleb Ross – Jefferson Custodian, Reese Jones – Maintenance Mow Crew. All Personnel will be hired by one vote unless any Board member desires to have a separate vote on any or all listed personnel. 

Voted to approve hiring the following Certified Personnel on a Temporary Contract for the 2021-2022 school year: Kay Dalton – Middle School ELA Teacher, Robert Long – Middle School Permanent Substitute. All Personnel will be hired by one vote unless any Board member desires to have a separate vote on any or all listed personnel. 

Voted to approve hiring staff for the Tiger Pride After School Program as presented. 

Voted to approve Negotiated Agreement, salary schedule and salaries of teachers for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Voted to approve the salaries of non-certified personnel for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Voted to approve salary adjustments and extra duty stipends as submitted for the 2021- 2022 school year. 

Voted to employ Stephen L. Smith Corp. as financial consultants to the School District, for the fiscal year 2021-2022. 

Voted to approve Memorandum of Agreement between Tango Flight, Inc. and Pryor Public Schools regarding construction of a modern FAA certified light sport Van’s RV 12iS aircraft for the 2022-23 school year. 

Voted to approve revisions and additions to board policy for 2021-2022. 

Voted to approve sanctioning Booster Clubs and PTOs as presented pursuant to Board Policy 

Superintendent’s Report

COVID cases range between 0.18% and 3.31% of site populations. The district will continue to monitor these rates and will also continue mitigation efforts through enhanced cleaning protocols, encouraging good hygiene practices, improving ventilation systems, and avoiding large group gatherings when possible. The Oklahoma County district court issued a temporary injunction regarding the enforcement of SB 658, the law that prevents boards of education from issuing a mask mandate. However, the court indicated there must be exemptions for health, religion, and personal preference. With those caveats in mind, the district is not recommending a mask mandate at this time. The district is contact tracing and recommending students who have been in close contact quarantine. 

Accepted the resignation of Karla Martin – Roosevelt Paraprofessional