The board also approved a bid for classroom furniture for Durant elementary schools. Assistant Superintendent Duane Merideth said, “This was a very good deal.”
Superintendent Jason Simeroth gave the board a facilities update on the high school and said, “We’re still undergoing a few of the punch lists, but they’re getting fewer by the day.”
Dr. Simeroth also told the board about the following proceeds and donations: Lion Card proceeds from First Texoma Bank in the amount of $628.50; donation from the Durant Choir Boosters to the Durant Middle School in the amount of $3,433.14; donation from the M.D. Jirous Foundation, Inc. (Sonic) to Northwest Heights Elementary in the amount of $1,000; and a donation from Durant Education and Service Sorority to Durant High School, Durant Intermediate School, Robert E. Lee Elementary and Washington Irving Elementary in the amount of $100 each. “The participation from the community is outstanding,” he said. “We absolutely thrive on it.”
New hires for the 2011-2012 school year are as follows: Chris Counce, Durant Middle School 8th grade baseball coach; Molly Motensbocker, assistant girls’ soccer coach for the remainder of the school year; Earl Kennedy, transportation; and Truman Smith and Christopher Dickson, custodial crew. New hire for the 2012-2013 school year is Chuck Umstead, kindergarten teacher at Washington Irving.