The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools has named six people with thousands of hours of volunteer service as 2013-2014 Valuable Volunteers. The winners are Will and Michelle Calvo, Monroe Elementary; Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Noma Gurich, Southeast High; Denise Hooker-Shepherd, Cleveland Elementary; David Purcer, Eugene Field Elementary; and Katy Leffel, Wilson Arts Integration Elementary. Each winner’s school will receive $500. For more information about those recognized, visit the foundation website at okckids.com
use of funds
State schools Superintendent Janet Barresi has directed the Education Department to use $6.5 million in school activity funds to pay health insurance premiums for teachers, the department announced Wednesday. Barresi, in a statement, said it is necessary to redistribute the money because the department had not yet received a supplemental appropriation for the premiums, known as the Flexible Benefit Allowance. The reduction leaves $3.4 million for alternative education, Oklahoma Parents as Teachers program, and professional development for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, officials said. School districts were notified Wednesday. The action is pending final approval by the state Board of Education on May 22.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City has donated $918,000 in tornado relief funds to Moore Public Schools to help renovate Central Junior High School’s athletic field, 420 N Broadway. A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of renovation was Wednesday at the school stadium. Generations of school district students have participated in events ranging from football games and band practices to track meets and Civil War re-enactments on the grounds of the 50-year-old facility, which was damaged during the May storms. Superintendent Robert Romines called it the “center and heartbeat of our community.”