BY TATYANA NYBORG
Every month, Mannford school officials and the Board of Education meet to discuss and approve paying school bills.
The agenda of each meeting is usually posted on the school website:www.mannford.k12.ok.us.
Results of the 2015 December forum were posted in January. The December financial report and encumbrances were approved by the board.
The General Fund, which pays for salaries, supplies, etc., was confirmed in the amount of $74,246.46 including change orders in the amount of $820.72.
The General Fund Payroll change occured in the amount of $24,056.63.
The Building Fund is for repairs and its amount of $41,325.00 was approved.
Also, the Sinking Fund and Activity Fund transfers, revenue and expenditures were confirmed.
According to Mannford School’s Superintendant Dr. Steve Waldvogel, the yearly Mannford school budget is approximately $10.5 million.
“The Mannford schools experienced cuts in 2015 because of the state budget shortfalls,” said Dr. Waldvogel.
“Another state budget cut in public education, from approximately 6 to 20 per cent, is possible for the July 2016 – June 2017 year,” he continued.
“However, the Mannford picture is better than the big picture,” Dr. Waldvogel declared. “We have local funds to help with the cuts for the next two years.”
The Education Board discussed and gave an “OK” on fundraising for the Mannford high school Spirit Club and for Boys Track. The Spirit Club has the purpose to embrace positive attitudes or school spirit in athletic bands and during internal events. The Boys Track fundraising has the goal to create funds for t-shirt printing and purchasing supplies.
At the board meeting, Dr. Waldvogel and Athletic Director, Jason Landrum, recommended hiring Beynon company for repairs of the high school track and to employ McBride Esco for replacement of the lights around the track. The board endorsed the suggestion.
Upon Dr. Waldvogel’s recommendation, a decision to contract Josten’s Inc. to publish the 2016-2017 Mannford high school yearbook was made. Usually, the high school students and teachers work on layout of the yearbook and then it is submitted for printing.
The board announced the resignation of Nikki Thomas, Mannford middle school teacher and coach. She moved to Wichita, Kansas, because of her husband’s job relocation. A new coach and teacher, Tyson Tackett was hired to replace her.
Tyson Tackett started as the 7th grade geography teacher and is the 7th-8th grade girl’s basketball coach commencing in January 2016.
Tackett worked for schools in Waynoka and Hobart, Okla., before Mannford.
“I coached fast-pitch softball and basketball,” he said. Tackett holds a degree in Health and Human Performances from Northeastern State University. He is 29 years old. He, his wife Sage, and 18-month-old son Tucker live in Silver City. They moved to this area in order to be closer to Sage’s relatives. Tackett greatly enjoys his job in Mannford.
The results of the January session of the Mannford Board of Education will be announced sometime in February.