Tecumseh Heads Back To School, Adult Meal Prices Increased


August 12, 2021

By Kendra Johnson

Colored pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks, homework… It’s back to school for the Tecumseh Public School District, Aug. 12.

The Tecumseh School Board held a regular meeting, Aug. 9, where they discussed and passed various measures in preparation for the upcoming school year, including raising some of the meal prices for 2021-2022.

Adult breakfasts, previously priced at $1.90, will now be $2.00; adult lunches, previously priced at $3.95, will now be $4.15; and chef salads, previously priced at $2.35, will now be $3.50.

“Each year to maintain cost-effectiveness of our child nutrition, nutrition program, we look and adjust the rates for student lunches and meals as well adult lunches and meals,” Tecumseh Public Schools Superintendent Robert Kinsey said.

The newly raised prices reflect the increasing cost of groceries and will only affect adult meals. Pricing for students will remain unaffected by the change.

“This year, the United States Department of Agriculture will be providing free breakfast and free lunch for all students,” Kinsey said.

The motion to raise the adult meal prices passed unanimously.

The board also approved 47 emergency transfers.

“We’ve had a bumper crop of emergency transfer requests during the month of July, and 70 requests submitted,” Kinsey said. “That is almost 50 percent more than what we typically have in the month of July.”

The remaining 23 emergency transfer requests will potentially be on a waiting list, he said.

“Once school begins, if enrollment space in those students’ grade levels allows, we will potentially bring some of those to you in the September board meeting for approval then,” Kinsey said to the board. “Our enrollment at all sites is currently higher than what it was at this point last year, so we just hesitate to over enroll at any grade level or any site.”

The board also approved one of two open transfer requests for the 2021-2022 school year.

This year, the board approved an out-of-state trip for Tecumseh FFA to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, Oct. 26-30, 2021.

The trip is usually an annual event, but was canceled due to COVID-19 last year, Kinsey said, and several people had come to him requesting to take students to the event this year.

“What I asked them to do is to move forward with planning to attend, as if they would be able to,” Kinsey said, “with the understanding that we would revisit the decision in mid to late September, keeping the safety and health of our students and staff in mind.”

He said he thinks that four Tecumseh students will be receiving their national FFA degrees at the event.

The board also made several staffing changes, including accepting personnel resignation requests from PE teacher Amanda Rawls and bus driver Jason Marriner.

They also approved the hiring of the following personnel for the 2021-2022 school year (temporary contract): paraprofessionals, Tara Brocklehurst, Russell Vaughn, Hannah Carr; Toni Grubbs, Hannah Fletcher; Jenna Adcock; vocal music teacher, Jill Rother; STEAM teacher, Dara Campbell; cafeteria manager, Kevin Blaker; cafeteria cook, LynnAnn Moore; school counselors, James Soliday and Janice Shinault; ISD monitor, Toni Hahn; bus driver, Roger Blaker; science teacher, Kayla Kirby; wrestling coach (lay coach), Billy Don Sigman; and custodians David Thompson, Matt Moore, Donna Craig.

Additionally, the board approved the hiring of adjunct teachers for 2021-2022: multicultural education, Victor Cope; and electronics and communication, Billy Crow.

Further actions taken by the school board included:

Approved a contract for Career Technology Education Tech Programs for Tecumseh High School for 2021-2022, including Agriculture Education, Business And Information Technology Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Passed a motion declaring science textbooks and related teaching materials from Tecumseh High School as surplus.

Approved receiving agents for the district for 2021-2022.

Appointed Dylan Hays as the Board Authorized Voting Representative for the Oklahoma School Assurance Group (OSAG).

Approved an agreement with Instructure, Inc. to provide Canvas as the district-wide learning management system for the 2021-2022 school year.

Approved an agreement with Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrators to provide district level advisory services to the district for 2021-2022.

Voted to approve an agreement with the Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools (OROS) for membership for 2021-2022.

Approved an agreement with Apptegy to provide a website, mobile applications, and an alert system for Tecumseh Public Schools.


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