Morning Bell: Retiring teaching director leaves mark on Millwood
Good Tuesday morning. Christine Harrison, 61, the director of teaching and learning at Millwood Public Schools, is retiring at the end of the month after 39 years because her position eliminated because of budget cuts.
"It feels very strange because this is my life. I eat, sleep and breathe Millwood," she said. "It's very emotional. It feels like the family that you've had for 40 years, that you're actually packing up and you're leaving that family behind."
The Oklahoman's Tim Willert recently wrote about her time in Millwood and her impact on the district.
"As the second in command for the last four years of her career, she continued to elevate Millwood in her walk, talk and heart," Superintendent Cecilia Robinson-Woods said. "She is the type of staff member that every organization is desirous of, one that promotes the organization before itself."
Harrison taught for the first 15 years of her career and served in various leadership roles at Millwood, a 900-student district in northeast Oklahoma City.
Interim supt selected in Mustang
Deputy Superintendent Charles Bradley will lead Mustang Public Schools on an interim basis, the board voted Monday night after meeting behind closed doors.
Bradley has served as an interim high school principal and the district's top academic officer and will replace Sean McDaniel, who is becoming superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.
"He checks all the boxes," board President Chad Fulton said after the 5-0 vote. "He's a great candidate to be the next superintendent, but we've got to make sure we look at all candidates."
Tulsa school name changes approved
As of July 1, Chouteau Elementary in Tulsa will become Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy and Columbus Elementary will be called Dolores Huerta Elementary School after the Tulsa school board voted to approve those changes Monday night, reports the Tulsa World.
However, it was the school named Lee that, once again, grabbed the spotlight. The board voted to delay to implementing the name change it passed in April — from Robert E. Lee Elementary to Lee School — to Aug. 6.
Enid extends superintendent
The Enid Public Schools Board of Education approved a one-year extension to Superintendent Darrell Floyd's contract, reports the Enid News & Eagle. The action was taken after board members returned from an executive session and voted on the matter unanimously. The new term will be 2018 to 2021. There was no change to Floyd's salary or benefits package at his request.
Free shots available
The Oklahoma Caring Van will offer the required vaccines for school at a series of clinics around the Oklahoma City area.
The van will stop at the following locations this month:
WCD WIC office, 1623 Route 66, El Reno, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Latino Community Development Agency, 420 SW 10, 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation WIC office, 2305 N Meridian, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.
Educare, 500 SE Grand, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29.
Praise Beyond the Walls, 2704 NE 24, 9 a.m. to noon June 30.
Shots are free for children ages six weeks to 18 who are uninsured, eligible for Medicaid or American Indian. Parents must be present to fill out paperwork and present their children's shot records.
That's all for today's Morning Bell. Have a great Tuesday.