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July 17, 2012

Stillwater school board hires property manager

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater’s Board of Education Tuesday voted to hire C-Star Management to commercial property at Cimarron Plaza.

The school district bought the 35-acre tract on Boomer Road in June for $4.3 million, and plans to earn rental income from stores in the shopping center until eventually building athletic facilities on the property.

C-Star will earn 4 percent commission on current leases in the shopping center and 5 percent on new leases.

“We’re educators, not property managers,’’ said Jim Ryan, assistant superintendent of operations for the school district.

The board also continued discussion about redistricting for the district’s six elementary schools for the 2013-14 school year.

School boundary reapportionment was last done in 2008. Board member Kevin Clark said with new larger-capacity buildings for Highland Park Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary, redistricting is necessary.

Clark said a final decision about redistricting will come in two to three months.

“We’re building two 600 (student) capacity schools to replace two 450 capacity schools,” said Clark. “We have all this additional capacity, so we need to realign districts.”

Allen Finchum of FinCo. GeoDemographics, the firm hired by the school district as a consultant on the redistricting project, has produced eight redistricting models for the board to consider.

“It’s (the board’s) decision,” said Finchum. “They can take one of these proposals as is, or they can modify it as they see fit.”

Finchum said student populations depicted in the proposals were based on the number of students living in the attendance zone, although not all of those students attend the schools now. He said there is typically 20 percent movement of students across zones.

The board approved the hiring of Marshall Baker as principal at Lincoln Academy. Also hired were several teachers, including Teresa Ellis (third-grade, Highland Park); Zach Hoffsommer (math, Stillwater Junior High); Virginia McCollom (speech and drama, Stillwater Junior High); Susan Patterson (language arts, Stillwater Middle School); Tricia Hansen (special education, Richmond Elementary School) and Zachary Rowell (math, Stillwater Middle School).


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