New Yukon school start times proposed

Simeroth updates YPS board; to be considered in February

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YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth

By Carol Mowdy Bond

Contributing Writer

Yukon Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth this week explained a new start time proposal, which will likely go to the YPS Board of Education for a vote in February.

These changes would be a solution to current problems that include safety and crowded busses.

Elementary students would no longer be on busses with middle school students.

Discussions are underway on providing after-school care at elementary and intermediate schools so students don’t go home to empty homes.

“We do what’s best for kids,” Simeroth said.

The proposed times are:

  • Elementary schools – 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Intermediate schools – 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
  • High school – 7:50 a.m. to 3:07 p.m.
  • Middle schools – 8:25 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

SCHOOL BOARD APPRECIATION MONTH

Yukon Public Schools’ Board of Education members were recognized during Tuesday night’s monthly meeting for their service. January is the annual School Board Appreciation Month. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)

Because January is School Board Appreciation Month, Tuesday night’s YPS Board meeting kicked off with gifts, posters, excitement, and gratitude for the board members.

  • Board President Leonard Wells has served since 2012.
  • Board Clerk Suzanne Cannon has served since 2011.
  • Board Deputy Clerk Rex Van Meter has served since 2015.
  • Board Member Chris Cunningham is serving his first year.

There is one vacancy on the five-member board after the resignation of Vice President Jeff Behymer.

“School board members are the conduit to the community as a whole,” Dr. Simeroth said. “They are the elected representatives that bring the opinions and concerns of their areas to the administration so that we can help to resolve issues and promotes collaboration in the district.

“They also provide for us a sounding board for things that we may not have considered or overlooked When developing policies or curriculum or even finances as we progress throughout the school year. ”

SWOSU AGREEMENT

Dr. Simeroth said he was pleased with a Southwestern Oklahoma State University agreement, saying it will benefit students, teachers and the community.

The agreement allows for up to 18 hours of concurrent courses, tuition free.

Yukon High School staff will teach some of the classes, and SWOSU staff from Weatherford teaching courses in the YPS administration building.

PERSONNEL HIRINGS, UPCOMING EVENTS

YPS board members approved hiring of these new personnel: Tracy Sowinski, Cynthia McCarty, Kaden Schmidt, Donald Armstrong, Natasha Carter, Madison Pinion, Breanna Prahm, Lauren Ramos, Tori Skinner, Darcy Wilson, Jill Deaton, Ashleigh Klaus, Courtney Ledford, Sutton Clark, Brayon Abbott, Issca Booe, Carlisa Hudspeth, Brittany Starkey, Ann Nick, Hana Segawa, Lacy Snodgrass, Lyndsey Kean, Bianca Laudermilk, James Kearby, and Donald Armstrong.

There will be no school Jan. 20, which is Martin Luther King Day.  Parent teacher conferences will be Feb. 24, 25 and 27. There will be no school Feb. 28.

The next YPS board meeting will be 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in the YPS Administration Office board room, 600 Maple.