The Morning Bell: Cold temps have some schools off today
Good chilly Tuesday morning!
As freezing temperatures continue to linger over Oklahoma, some schools are canceling classes Tuesday. Many schools are still on break today, but some had scheduled to return to class.
According to the Tulsa World, Chouteau-Mazie, Liberty, Locust Grove, Pawhuska, Peggs and Tenkiller schools in northeast Oklahoma announced they will be closed Tuesday due to "extreme cold" and expected "dangerously low" temperatures during the early morning hours.
LPS Foundation gets funding boost
The Lawton Public School Foundation received $20,000 in matching funds from Liberty National Bank last week, reports the Lawton Constitution.
"It has truly been a community effort. I'm so proud of the community for stepping up and helping us reach this goal. I love when individuals, families and businesses give an amount that is meaningful to them," said Lisa Carson, foundation executive director.
The bank's matching challenge during the month of December stated that it "would match dollar for dollar, up to $20,000, any new money raised until Dec. 31," she said.
Pottawatomie schools benefit from county sales tax
Schools in Pottawatomie County are making capital and equipment purchases through a sales tax dedicated for schools. Tecumseh Schools was recently approved to purchase 12 projectors and smart boards, reports the Shawnee News Star. Earlsboro Schools was approved by the county to use funds to resurface the entry way, concession area and bathrooms of the gymnasium.
Pottawatomie County voters approved a 10-year, .495-cent sales tax in 2015 that is expected to raise $3.8 million annually for schools across the county, divided according to school enrollment figures.
The tax also will fund a youth justice center.
“This is really going to be significant for our school district,” Tom Wilsie, superintendent of Tecumseh Public Schools, told The Oklahoman last year. “We have put off purchasing new school buses for several years now, but now we are planning to purchase two school buses.”
Feds want more details
The U.S. Department of Education has requested additional details and clarifications before giving Oklahoma's new school plan final federal approval.
Teacher fights for her life
Kristy Cooper, a 13-year math and student council teacher, was diagnosed last summer with stage 4 cancer. A growing pain in her back led to the discovery of metastatic breast cancer and a prediction from doctors she would, at best, live only a couple more years.
Like many who have found themselves staring down a fatal diagnosis, Cooper cycled through stages of grief, fear and anger.
But Cooper has since adopted a "fighting back" mentality as she's eager to see her 8-year-old son grow up. She's also unwilling to give up on a career she has built as a dedicated teacher and a fierce advocate for her students.
“She doesn't even know how much she has helped me through,” said Javon West, a junior at Del City High School. “One of my grandmothers just passed with cancer and that was tough for me. But Mrs. Cooper's attitude and everything just builds me up.”
That does it for today's Morning Bell. Stay warm out there.