Time to reorganize: Wells named new YPS board president

Board members OK $487,285 bid for softball field turf

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Yukon Public Schools’ Board of Education members recite their oaths of office after electing new officers during the May 10th board meeting: Standing from left, Member Chris Cunningham, Vice President Brian Coulson, President Leonard Wells, Clerk Suzanne Cannon, and Deputy Clerk Cody Sanders. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Fresh off his victory at the ballot box, Leonard Wells has been elected for a fourth time to lead the Yukon School Board.

Yukon Public Schools’ Board of Education members chose Wells as board president during their May 10th meeting at Skyview Elementary School, 650 S Yukon Parkway.

Leonard Wells

Wells, who represents post 2 on the five-member board, has served in office for 10 years. He was vice president last year.

Wells earned his third, five-year term on the YPS Board in the April 5th annual school election. The incumbent defeated challenger Paul Gerber, 681-444 (60.5%) to retain his board seat.

A 1965 Yukon High School graduate, Wells is retired after 34 years in the telecommunications industry with experience in accounting, auditing and management.

This slate of YPS board officers for 2022-23 was unanimously approved at the Tuesday night meeting:

  • President Leonard Wells (post 2)
  • Vice President Brian Coulson (post 4)
  • Clerk Suzanne Cannon (post 1)
  • Deputy Clerk Cody Sanders (post 5)
  • Member Chris Cunningham (post 3)

Cunningham had served as board president for the previous year.

YPS board members typically elect new officers at their May meeting.

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SOFTBALL TURF BID

Among business items approved at their May 10th meeting, the YPS Board of Education awarded a $487,285 “low bid” to ACT Global to install new turf on the YHS softball field.

Four companies submitted bids for both the softball and baseball fields – combined and separately, including infield only.

Only the bid for the softball turf was awarded.

In other action May 10, the YPS board approved:

  • Paying $421,960 to Metro Signs to install digital monument signs at nine YPS school sites (read more details in future Yukon Progress edition).
  • Awarding a $558,250 bid to Bishop Paving for the Parkland Elementary parking lot.
  • Awarding a $103,887 per-unit bid to Ross Transportation for a 2024 model, 71-passenger school bus.
  • Awarding a $12,630 bid to Olen Williams Inc. to install a new basketball scoreboard at Yukon Middle School.
  • Realignment of attendance zones for Independence and Lakeview intermediate schools.
  • Deregulation application for the Yukon High School library. The vote with 3-2, with Wells and Cannon voting “no.”

Meanwhile, YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth announced Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) graduate Bryce Conway has committed to funding the district’s first $10,000 scholarship to allow a YHS student to earn SWOSU associate degree on campus.

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