FFA handbook approved

By JESSIE BRYDGES
Staff Writer

The Henryetta School Board approved the handbook for the newly reinstated FFA program Monday during its regular meeting. The handbook, designed by FFA Coach Cody Dawson, is utilized by students, and their parents,  going through the FFA program and will cover basics of the FFA program, such as animal care, responsibilities students are expected to handle and explanations of punishments that can be handed out. 

Punishments for FFA students at the barn will follow a three strike rule where students will receive either two verbal or written warnings. If the problem persists, then the student will be dismissed and the student's animals will be sold off with the proceeds going towards FFA barn. 

“In order to keep the livestock barn as fair as possible, we needed to set up rules and a contract that keeps the parents, students and school all in the same loop,” Dawson said. 

There was also discussion about whether or not students and parents were aware that they themselves will be responsible for providing feed and bedding. 

“I've told the students that all we're going to have up there for them is a shovel, a wheelbarrow and a water hose,” Dawson said.

School board members also approved the Purchasing Policy for Reading Grant Applications. The school is applying for a $100,000 reading grant, and will know if they received the grant in May. 

Fundraisers for the 2017-2018 were approved and will be centered around the new FFA program and Student Council. 

Maintenance Director Harold Fox provided his monthly report, stating that the school made it through the cold snap relatively unscathed, while there was a leak in the cafeteria and some minor concrete damage. 

Elementary Assistant Principal Jayme Matlock also provided a report about the recent State Department visit to the Henryetta Primary School to assist teachers with new programs that are being implemented.

The district instructors also took time to break into their individual PLC groups to discuss how best to help struggling students. They also discussed the new 360 reading program that is being implemented. 

Henryetta High School Principal Dirk Walden announced that the high school will soon be starting a student-run online news program. The goal is to have students reporting on student news and sports. 

Other agenda items approved by the school board were:
Sanders, Bledsoe and Hewitts's audit for the 2016-17 school year. 
Minutes from the November 13 regular board meeting
Minutes of the December 11 regular meeting
Minutes of the December 15 special board meeting
Action on Encumbrances and Financial Reports for the 2017-18 school year and contract extension for Mr. Dwayne Noble Superintent.

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