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September 13, 2012

Stillwater school board OKs needs estimate

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Board of Education on Tuesday approved an annual estimate of needs for the 2012-13 school year that includes $41.2 million in appropriations.

“This is a legal document that sets our legal spending limits and establishes the millage rates,” Chief Financial Officer Phillip Storm said.

Storm said appropriations are estimated revenue plus the beginning fund balance.

“This is not our formal budget,” said Storm.

He said the board will take action on a formal budget at the October board meeting.

• Construction continues at the new schools being built for Will Rogers Elementary School and Highland Park Elementary School.

Bret Pfeifer, an associate for Selser Schafer Architects, said construction at Highland Park is approximately 18 to 20 percent complete.

He said construction at Will Rogers is 13 to 15 percent completed.

• The board also approved a high stakes standardized testing resolution that calls on the state legislature to work with public schools to develop an accountability system that involves multiple assessments and more accurately reflects what students have learned.

• Superintendent Ann Caine said Oklahoma State University baseball coach Josh Holliday, a graduate of Stillwater High School, will be guest speaker at the Stillwater Public Education Foundation Gala on Sept. 25 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. Tickets are $125 each.

The event includes dinner and music provided by the SHS Orchestra Ensemble and Pioneer Chorale.

• Caine reported Stillwater High School had an average ACT score of 22.8, which tied for 10th in the state. Stillwater ranked in the top five in Class 6A. She said more than 300 students in the Stillwater district took the ACT last year, an increase of 40 students from 2011.

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