GPS school board to hold special meeting on Tuesday

Before Monday’s announcement of State Superintendent Joy Hoffmeister’s proposal to close down public school buildings and begin researching distance learning for the remainder of the school year, Guthrie Public Schools announced they will have a special school board meeting for Tuesday.

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The agenda calls for a school board resigniation, seating of a new school board member, upcoming school board election and approval of bond money.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. The meeting can be viewed on Guthrie News Page Facebook Live.

Sharon Watts is expected to resign her post to allow incoming board member Chris Schroder to take office.

Schroder, who ran unopposed for the open seat held by Watts, was set to take office following the April 7 election, but the election date is expected to be voted on and rescinded due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watts, who did not seek re-election, has mutually agreed to resign her post to allow Schroder to be seated on the board.

Board members are expected to vote to move the election date to June 30 for the current seat held by Travis Sallee.

The board is expected to consider and approve a contract with BancFirst to serve as registrar and agent on the district’s $400,000 general obligation building bonds.

The board will also consider approving a contract with Hilborne & Weidman (based out of Tulsa) to serve as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for the bond series.

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