Bartlesville schools closed 4/5-6; plan to end walkout being promoted

posted Apr 4, 2018, 9:03 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 12, 2018, 10:06 AM ]
4/5-6 Closure
THE SPECIAL FEEDING PROGRAM'S LAST DAY WAS 4/11/2018

Due to a teacher walkout, there will still be no classes in the Bartlesville Public Schools on Thursday, April 5 or Friday, April 6.

Expect a weekend update on whether not schools can re-open on Monday.

We want to be back in school, and are promoting a plan to end the teacher walkout.
Supt. McCauley has invoked the existing authorization from the Board of Education to continue to suspend all classes in Bartlesville Public Schools on Thursday and Friday, April 5-6.

BARTLESVILLE WORKED TO AVOID A WALKOUT
Bartlesville led the effort to try and avoid a walkout through its original Time Is Now plan, which morphed into what Governor Fallin has now signed into law. But $50 million of the funding is threatened and the final appropriation of only $17 million in unrestricted formula dollars for school operations is less than the $22 million cut the state imposed in February. So teachers across the state walked out anyway, including those in Bartlesville, forcing a shutdown.

WE ARE AGAIN LEADING THE WAY TO TRY TO END THIS WALKOUT
So Bartlesville has risen to the occasion once again, devising a plan which could end the walkout. Our local Bartlesville Education Association has endorsed it. See our new plan at TimeIsNowOK.com

WE WANT TO BE BACK IN SCHOOL, so we are asking the legislature and the governor to act promptly on our proposal:
https://sites.google.com/view/thetimeisnowok/home

ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIES DURING SUSPENSION

In keeping with other schools in our conference, varsity level athletics resumed play on Tuesday. No junior varsity or "junior high" events. Athletics teams and band, orchestra, and choir may use the facilities after 3:00 p.m. during the duration of the walkout.
  • State Science Fair on 4/5-6 and State Debate Tournament WILL take place as scheduled and the district will participate
  • OSSAA Choir competition for Thursday has been CANCELED for Bartlesville

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS

The district deeply appreciates the widespread community support throughout the legislative crisis over school funding and the many community partners who have stepped forward to help students and parents during the closure.

CLICK HERE or on the graphic below for an UPDATED parent handout on the continuing suspension, free breakfast and lunch for kids ages 1-18 at selected sites, and other community help during the closure:

Suspension Guidance

TEACHER JOB FAIR STILL ON FOR SATURDAY

The legislature's job isn't finished in addressing the school funding crisis, but we are GRATEFUL they have funded teacher salaries for next year that will be regionally competitive for the first time in decades. 

We hope to take advantage of that at the TEACHER JOB FAIR this Saturday, April 7 at 8:45 a.m. in the Commons area of Bartlesville High School, where we will be interviewing for openings in 2018-2019. We already know we will have openings for:
  • Elementary and secondary counselors
  • Middle school math
  • High school science
  • Middle school and high school English
  • Special Education teachers
  • Elementary school teachers
Job Fair

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Granger Meador,
Apr 4, 2018, 9:03 AM
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Granger Meador,
Apr 4, 2018, 11:22 AM