Oklahoma City Public Schools proposes time limit on volunteer ban

The Oklahoma City School Board heard a proposal to limit a ban on misdemeanor criminals. The proposal would allow those convicted of certain crimes to volunteer with children again after five years.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: July 17, 2012
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Criminals with certain misdemeanors may soon be allowed to volunteer with children in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

The Oklahoma City School Board heard another version of proposed changes to the district's volunteer policy at its meeting Monday night. The board has been discussing possible changes for several weeks, and it took no vote on the measure Monday night.

Felons and those convicted of misdemeanors related to violence, sex or child abuse, neglect or endangerment still would not be allowed to volunteer directly with children.

But those convicted of other misdemeanors would be allowed to volunteer with children five years after the conviction or probation.

Volunteers who don't work directly with children wouldn't be subject to criminal background checks. An example of that type of volunteer work would be serving on a school's community advisory board.

In other business Monday:

• Title I Compliance Officer Jackie Mania was appointed coordinator of the district's new online school, Innovations K-12 Virtual Institute.

• Michelle Pontikos was named principal of Roosevelt Middle School. She previously worked as an assistant principal at Northwest Classen High School.

• Six assistant principals were named: Billie England and Patrick Duffy at Jefferson Middle School; Kimberly Landers at Northwest Classen High School; Rhonda Taylor at North Highland Elementary; Heather Zacarias at Lee Elementary and Ashley Glover at Kaiser Elementary.

• Superintendent Karl Springer appointed Hope Alvarez as assistant principal of Roosevelt Middle School.