Morning Bell: OKC principal heads to Tulsa
Good Thursday morning. The summer often sees school staff changes across the state, and this year that includes one of Oklahoma City's top principals who is headed to Tulsa.
John Marshall Mid-High Principal Aspasia Carlson has been offered the position of project director for Reimagine High School by Tulsa Public Schools, The Oklahoman's Tim Willert reported today.
"We have made an offer to Dr. Carlson and look forward to the possibility of benefiting from her experience and vision at Tulsa Public Schools," Emma Garrett-Nelson, the district's communications director, told The Oklahoman on Wednesday.
The Tulsa school board meets Monday night and is expected to approve the hire.
The Oklahoma state Department of Education will announce 12 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalists today, in the Performing Arts Center at Norman North High School. In addition, the Oklahoma counselor of the year will be recognized.
Stillwater board member announces resignation
Marshall Baker will be resigning from the Stillwater Public Schools Board of Education before the end of the year, reports the Stillwater News Press.
Baker, who took the oath of office for a five-year term in February 2017, announced Wednesday on his personal Facebook page that he has accepted a job at N.C. State and will be moving his family to Raleigh, North Carolina within the next five months.
Former OKC principal suing district
A former elementary school principal reveals in a lawsuit that her students were "subjected to multiple drive-by shootings," including one in which a parent was shot in the shoulder as a result of "gang-related activities" in the neighborhood.
The disclosures were made by former North Highland Elementary Principal Anita Jones, who was demoted in May 2017. She resigned from Cesar Chavez Elementary, where she was an assistant principal, in November 2017.
Jones filed the federal lawsuit July 3 in Oklahoma City. She is suing Oklahoma City Public Schools over the demotion, claiming interference and retaliation in violation of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). You can read more about the lawsuit here.
Dance, singing summer camps offered
Free summer dance and singing leadership camps are offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through July 21 at Douglass High School, 900 Martin Luther King Ave.
The camps are designed to help students enhance their creative abilities and become well-rounded performers and leaders. Instruction in jazz, modern and hip-hop dance techniques will be offered daily. The instruction is based on skill level, so beginner to advance performers are welcome. Campers will present a performance at the end of the week.
The camps are presented by Stop The Violence, a nonprofit supporting efforts toward the education, prevention and elimination of violence and its emotional scars in children. Go to www.stoptheviolenceok.com/registration/ to register.