NORTH ENIDOk so. – More than 50 people filled the Chisholm Public Schools boardroom again on Wednesday as the district school board decided not to approve the only bid to develop a five-year strategic plan for the district.
Chisholm has so far received only one proposal from the Oklahoma State School Board Association to develop a five-year strategic plan for the school district, board members were told.
At a reported cost of $40,000, OSSBA would first collect feedback from stakeholders (staff, parents, and students), then create areas and goals, develop five-year action steps, and finally implement implement the plan in all three schools in Chisholm. The initial three-stage development process takes eight to 12 months, according to OSSBA.
Dr. Dustin Baylor, the council’s newest elected member, said waiting for the regular January council meeting would allow the council to get more input from the Chisholm community.
Superintendent Chad Broughton said he will contact OSSBA to present at the Jan. 5 meeting.
According to the OSSBA website, school districts in Duncan, Guymon, Grove, Miami and Muskogee have received completed “continuous strategic improvement” plans.
Baylor said he would prefer the district itself to use the same methodology at a much lower cost, while other council members disagreed.
“We could try to do it ourselves, but it’s like I’m trying to medicate myself when I’m sick… and then I have to go to the doctor,” said board member Geri Ayers. . “We better go to the professionals.
Talks about developing a strategic plan have been going on for nearly five years since Drew Ewbank has served on the board. He said discussions began to take serious shape three years ago when the district first received superintendent inquiries and Broughton became superintendent.
COVID-19 set those plans back a year, but recent resignations and reported threats from others at Chisholm Elementary School have sparked renewed interest in determining the district’s future.
Nearly 100 members of the Chisholm community attended last week’s regular meeting largely in support of two kindergarten teachers who quit in protest at the school’s atmosphere.
A parent in Chisholm, who asked not to be identified, said primary school teachers told him that after going to the meeting last week the administration discouraged them from attending the meeting as well of Wednesday.
Meeting attendees – again seated on the floor, standing against the walls and spilling out into the hallway – were not allowed to address the council on Wednesday. State and local council policies prohibit public comment at special meetings, which are not part of a council’s regular annual meeting schedule.
“And now all of a sudden we have a room full of people who want to voice their concerns to us but can’t because of the way we run our meetings, and so to kick the box out on the road, what I’m saying to everyone in the room is, ‘We’re just going to talk about this some other time,” Ewbank said. “I don’t think we have time for this. … And we we have to start as soon as possible.
Baylor said it preferred not to have a “gut reaction” after a single meeting with a single bid submission without a presentation.
Ewbank was then the only “no” vote on a motion by Ayers to seek additional bids to have for the regular January board meeting – rather than accepting OSSBA’s single bid.
Ewbank currently faces three re-election challengers for its Office 2 seat.
Eric Edwards, Amy Jefferies and Mike Long all declared their nominations for the Garfield County Board of Elections on Wednesday, the final filing date for next year’s regular local elections. Ewbank filed his candidacy on Tuesday.
With the primary election set for February 8, 2022, the general election for all two-candidate school board races in Garfield County will be held on April 5.