• Sat. May 14th, 2022

Education Booklet: Support Staff, Union School Awards | Education

Support Staff Award Finalists: On Tuesday, Tulsa Public Schools announced the five finalists for the Support Worker of the Year award.

The finalists are Miranda Beachy, teaching assistant at Robertson Elementary School; Will Rogers College High School construction site supervisor Jeff Cox; Andrew Horowitz, a library teacher’s assistant at Carver Middle School; Ilse Mendoza, Area Manager with the District Factory Operations Team and Helen Lee, District Operations Team Manager.

Open to non-certified TPS employees, the winner will be announced later this spring.

Additionally, Broken Arrow Public Schools announced the finalists for their Beyond and Above award, given annually to a support employee.

The finalists are behavioral technicians Jason Cleghorn and Houda Lbadaoui, Karen Harris from Plant Operations, Eric Robles Madera from Maintenance and Derrek Younger from Campus Security.

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The winner will be announced at the district’s Star Gala, scheduled for April 7 at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center.

Financial awards: For the 30th consecutive year, the Union Public Schools Finance Division was recently recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International, receiving the organization’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for Comprehensive Annual Financial Reporting of the district for fiscal year 2021.

Focus group session: In conjunction with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, Owasso Public Schools is hosting a focus group on March 22 to gather feedback on the district’s search for a new superintendent. The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Owasso Educational Service Center and will also be livestreamed.

COVID-19 in numbers: Thanks to spring break, parent-teacher conferences and inclement weather on Friday, only four school districts in the region released the number of COVID-19 cases on Friday.

Tulsa Public Schools reported two cases among its students and two among its employees.

Broken Arrow Public Schools has reported four cases among its students and none among its employees. The district does not distinguish between campuses in its reports to the public.

Owasso Public Schools reported two cases among its students and none among its staff. The OPS does not distinguish between sites in its reports to the public.

Skiatook Public Schools reported two cases among its students and none among its staff.

Classes were not in session Friday in Bartlesville, Berryhill, Bixby, Collinsville, Glenpool, Jenks, Sand Springs or Sapulpa.

Since the district has not received any reports of positive COVID-19 tests for several weeks, Sapulpa Public Schools is no longer issuing daily updates. Union public schools are now releasing updated case counts on Mondays rather than daily.

School board calendar: Glenpool and Verdigris school boards have meetings scheduled for Monday. The Skiatook School Board meeting scheduled for Monday has been postponed for a week.

Tuesday’s meeting of the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board in Oklahoma City has been canceled.