Henryetta school board member Jeannie Duncan submitted her resignation Monday night. Duncan has served on the board for the past four years. duncan board
Following a lengthy executive session Monday night, Henryetta school board members hired the certififed teachers for the coming year.
Those hired to go back to the classrooms include:
Henryetta Elementary School:
Kathy Bailey, Rachael Bourn, Connie Brooks, Ashley Burton, Ashley Corn, Felicia Dozier, Lori Enis, Lori Freeman, Harley Frye, Sandy Gaither, Cheryl Gillin, Molly Gillispie, Angela Glover, Laura Goodner, Belinda Harelson, Mataya Hares, Beatriz Hodge, Ginny Holder, Jenny Huckabay, Kelly James, Michelle Jobes, Amie Johnson, Beverly Kiehl, Erin Logan, Sherry Miller, Sally Moore, Lori Mulliniks, Pam Palmer, Collin Rogers, Taci Sims, Leslie Smith, August Smith, Autumn Smith, Andrea Spurlock, Nikki Story, Lacresa Stout, Krystle Williams and Sheri Witham.
Henryetta Middle School:
Tina Berry, Monica Brown, Chris Burns, Ericka Carter, Vanessa Danker, Kalli Dodge, Brenda Dodson, Nadine Graham, Mike Hughes, Susan Kelch, Kent Lackey, Lori Mann, Michelle Mitchell, Dustin Mosco, Kirk Ruth, Kristie Stidman, Kim Taylor, Domonique Treaggeser, Dorothy Walker, Christie Wells and Debbie Wion.
Henryetta High School:
Sami Brake (Craig), Jeffery Chalakee, Cynthia Clark, Brittany Copeland, Cody Dawson, Tim Gillispie, Bryan Grabman, Kira Hardgrave, Gwen Harned, Gary Howk, Jill Huff, John Johnson, Darren Johnson, Alan Montgomery, Karen Osterdock, Jan Prahl, Jason Reimer, Kathy Snyder, Rusty Snyder, Tracey Sontag, Lisa South, Claudia Brownfield, Ryan Swallow, Glendale Threatt , Clayton Vaughn and Karen Willis.
Board members accepted resignations from Tarra Christy, a special ed teacher at Henryetta elementary and high school math teacher Colten Converse.
The board gave approval to hire Sarah Duncan for an first grade teacher when the 2019-2020 school year starts in August.

Jim Beymer will have his name submitted to the Henryetta city council for reappointment to the Henryetta Economic Development Authority )HEDA).
HEDA members nominated him to serve a full five-year term on the authority Monday morning. He has been on the board since 2015 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term vacated by Gary Clason.
In other business, HEDA members approved payment of $4,715.76 for limestone for road material at the lift station west of town. Also approved was payment of $8,467.92 for reimbursement to Shoney’s for sales tax expenses from January 1 through March 31 of this year.
HEDA had agreed to make the sales tax reimbursement for a five-year period with a maximum of $200,000 to be paid back.

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The heavy rains during recent weeks has put a strain on Henryetta's storm drainage system. In several areas, water has backed up threatening homes and flooding yards and streets.
Inspection of some of those drains has revealed the drain openings have either been completely or partially covered by roadway asphalt while others are clogged with dirt, sand and gravel accumulating over the years.
Some of those drains channel the water into clay tile pipes that were orginially laid down some 50 years ago. Many of those pipes have broken and caved in leaving the water with no place to go.
Henryetta is not alone in this issue with other communities across Oklahoma and the United States facing deteriorating infrastructure.
Just on wastewater and storm water issues along, the EPA estimates $271 billion is needed for wastewater infrastructure over the next 25 years. While the federal government provides some funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors 95% of spending on water infrastructure is made at the local level.
According to the American Society of Civil Engineers Oklahoma received a D+ grade on the condition of water and wastewater systems across the state.

In between spring rains, a lot of Henryetta residents have been getting their yards ready to display for neighbors.
The monthly Yard of the Month contest is now underway and the prettiest yard in your neighborhood is wanted.
A form to nominate your own yard or that of your neighbor is available for download here . That form may also be picked up at First Family Federal Credit Union or at the Henryetta Chamber of Commerce.
Just fill out the form and return it to: Yard of the Month Award, P.O. Box 170, Henryetta, 74437 or return it to the Chamber or First Family Federal Credit Union.
May 20 is the deadline for entries.
Winners will receive a “Yard of the Month” sign to display in the yard, a gift from First Family Federal Credit Union as well as photo recognition on Thehenryettan.com and in the Free Lance.
Judging will be conducted by members of the Yard of the Month Committee. Only the front yard will be scored for the competition. October through December nominees will be considered for that month’s holiday decorations.
Judges are looking for yards that are well-groomed, attractive and have enriched the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
This Saturday, May 11, the Henryetta post office will be holding the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign.
Letter carriers are looking for donations of food in the nation’s largest single-day food drive. 
Last year’s drive resulted in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food. The food drive has become the nation’s largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families. 
Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 11, before their letter carrier arrives. 
Letter carriers will be delivering special bags along with mail that may be used to make donations. Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution.For the past week, letter carriers have been dropping off bags for people to donate non-perishable foods. That includes canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal.
The bags can be left in the mailboxes or brought to the Henryetta post office and placed in a specially-marked container in the lobby.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.
For additional information about this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, visit stampouthungerfooddrive.us.