By Kevin Sims, Superintendent of Minco Schools
To Minco Public Schools, Parents and Community
As you have seen in the news, there is a plan for many school districts to have a work stoppage and a teacher walkout. Funding for education has been slashed over 28% since 2008. Teachers have not seen an increase in base pay in twelve years. Over the last few years, the legislature has refused to work with our lobby in efforts to improve not only teacher salaries but also operational expenses. Public schools have not received textbook money for three years now. Many schools including our district have had to use bond dollars in order to supply learning materials and technology.
Quite frankly, teachers deserve better. It is time for the Oklahoma State Legislature to stand up and help our schools and teachers. Are Minco teachers walking out, and will there be a work stoppage at Minco? These are questions the community is asking.
At this time the Minco Education Association of teachers has elected to go to the capitol in unison on April 2nd, 2018. We will not be in school so our staff can go to the capitol to encourage Oklahoma legislative leaders to come up with a feasible revenue solution to increase funding for public schools. School will resume on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Throughout that week teams of teachers will go to the capitol to advocate for the goal of increased funding for education. At that time our teacher association will meet to determine if more action needs to be taken by our teachers.
Rest assured if our teachers vote for a work stoppage after April 6th, our administration will be in full support of them. We will certainly have a plan for communication with the community, and we will be honest and candid about what is happening. Once again, our teachers have elected not to have a work stoppage at this time, but we also realize the legislature must act to help the situation.
It is the desire of the Minco Board of Education, Administration, and Staff for a solution to be ratified before April 2, 2018. This would prevent disruptions and work stoppages across the state from happening. We encourage you to reach out to our legislative leaders to tell them your personal concerns about the lack of proper funding.
Once again, we will be forthright in transparency and communication with the Minco community and patrons.
Thank you for you understanding, cooperation, and support.
Minco Public School Superintendent
Representative David Perryman: (405) 557-7401
Senator Lonnie Paxton: (405) 521-5537
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Boys advance to State! Girls place at State!
Congratulations go to MHS powerlifters!
Elizabeth McMahan and Shyann Smith competed at girls state powerlifting on Monday. Elizabeth placed third and Shyann placed fourth! Way to go, ladies!
Minco's boys competed at regionals on Saturday. Luke McMahon, Caleb Carruth, Garrett Jones, Aidan Howry, and Orlando Vazquez will advance to the state contest!
Keystone Food Services Job Opening
Keystone Food Services is taking applications for a full-time employee in the Minco Schools cafeteria. For more details, please contact Kevin Guy at 405-365-4725.