Misty Sweeney will be the new Henryetta school board member.
Following a nearly hour-long executive session Monday night, she was named to fill the unexpired term left by Jeannie Duncan last month. She will be sworn in at the next school board meeting.
That was not the only action taken by Henryetta school board members at their June meeting.
The board voted to rehire Dutch VanDenBorn as the high school girls golf coach, named Luca Stidman as an elementary special ed teacher, chose Kristen Hargis to be a special ed teacher and high school cheer coach, hired Dana Chew and Sherri Flud as third grade teachers and Tammy Smith as the kindergarten secretary.
Board members accepted resignations from Clayton Vaughn, Colton Converse, Michelle Jobes, Ashley Burton and Tracy Sontag.
At the start of the meeting, the board room was filled with nearly a dozen HHS band members and band instructor Alan Montgomery.
He said the band had an “awesome trip” when they went to Washington, D.C. for the National Memorial Day parade. “The look on the kids faces when they saw the iconic buildings, marching in front of hundreds of thousands of people. I would do it again in a heartbeat.” He complimented the parents and boosters for making it possible.
While the band is recuperating, he told the board that an invitation has been received to be a part of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., in 2021. “That’s tempting. I haven’t pursued that yet.”
He siad one of the highlights was when the parade stopped at 2:59 and the band was on Constitution Avenue with the Washington Monument and White House on both sides.
“The support from the town, the community and the school was great.” He pointed out the school did not fund the trip, rather all funds came from business and private donations. “We hope we did you proud.”
We are super proud of you,” said board president James Williams.
Board members approved a plan to hold a special bond election to finance new buses. That election is scheduled to be held Sept. 10. If approved, the bond issue will be for $980,000 to replace what superintendent Dwayne Noble said were old and dilapidated buses. The bonds will be sold over a six-year period.
The plans call for the bonds not to go above the 31 mill cap keeping property taxes from taking an increase.
Noble said detailed information about the bonds and costs would be prepared in time to hand out to parents when school starts.