Cameron, Thackerville schools fined for spending too much

Cameron Public Schools and Thackerville Public Schools were fined a total of nearly $90,000 for spending too much money on administration.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: February 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013
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“Our school had to buy out his contract beginning with February 2012 and ending in June 2012,” Bell wrote. “The amount of $32,659.35 was how much our district had to pay Mr. Herron for the remainder of his contract.”

Also, Farris Public School, in Atoka County, overspent on administration. The board fined the district nearly $10,000 last month. Hughes said the overage was due to spending too much on the superintendent.

In other business

• The board approved a proposal to create more options for students looking to pass state-mandated end-of-instruction exams before graduating from high school. Students who do not pass the exams can prove they understand a course by completing a project. The new project system has three tiers: one for traditional students, one for students with learning or other disabilities and one for students who are severely disabled.

• A month after a report came out criticizing the A-F school evaluation system, state Superintendent Janet Barresi discussed the research.

The report was done by researchers at the Oklahoma Center for Education Policy at the University of Oklahoma and the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation at Oklahoma State University.

Though still not discussing her opinion of the report, Barresi said it had been received.

“This report is part of the large body of comments,” Barresi said. Last week, a group of 25 superintendents called on Barresi to respond to the report, which came out in January.

The report was commissioned by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council for School Administrators, and was reviewed by independent academic authorities.