Our hearts and our prayers go out to everyone affected by the senseless and horrific tragedy in Parkland, Florida. There are no words to adequately express the pain and sadness we feel for the victims and their families, their friends, and the staff at Broward County Public Schools.
As a result of yesterday’s unimaginable tragedy, some have been asking about security plans in place here in Broken Arrow.
The safety and security of our students and staff is without question our highest priority.
Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) has invested millions of dollars and countless hours making sure our security equipment and protocols are the best they can be. Our team is constantly reviewing and evaluating our procedures in cooperation with the Broken Arrow Police Department and other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
While some details of our security plans are confidential, here are some facts we wanted to make you aware of:
Voters in Zone 3 elected John Cockrell to the Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Election Tuesday as he defeated incumbent Theresa Williamson. He will be sworn in at the March 12 meeting for a five-year term.
“I congratulate Mr. Cockrell on his election and look forward to working with him to lead our district into the future,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “I would also like to thank Dr. Williamson for her years of service on the Board and encourage her to stay involved as a valued member of our Broken Arrow community.”
Cockrell graduated from Broken Arrow in 1992 and is currently a captain and paramedic with the Broken Arrow Fire Department. He has served as president of the Broken Arrow Firefighters Association since 2010 and holds a bachelor’s degree in fire and emergency services from Northeastern State University.
Cockrell and his wife, Jonna, are the proud parents of triplets who are sophomores at Broken Arrow High School. Sons Bryce and Jackson are on the wrestling team and daughter Alexandria is a cheerleader.
A plan that would give all teachers and certified staff a $5,000 pay raise failed late Monday night in the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a 63-35 vote. Any bill raising revenue in the Oklahoma Legislature requires a three-fourths supermajority to be approved.
“I continue to be disappointed by the failure of our state representatives to pass a bill that would give our teachers a raise,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “The proposed plan was not perfect but would have been a place to start. The fight is not over, and I have not given up hope that our legislators will eventually do the right thing for our students, our teachers and our state.”
Five of the six state representatives whose districts cover homes in the Broken Arrow Public Schools boundaries voted to support the plan.
“Regardless of your political affiliation, I encourage our parents and the entire Broken Arrow community to thank our lawmakers who voted for the plan and continue to remind all of them how important a meaningful solution to public education funding is to Oklahoma’s future.”
Representatives who voted for HB 1033xx:
Broken Arrow Public Schools is partnering with the University of Oklahoma (OU) to conduct an online survey for parents with 9-12 grade students from Feb. 19 through March 2. This 10-minute survey will monitor parent, teacher and student satisfaction with Broken Arrow High School and the Freshman Academy while also helping to identify improvement opportunities.
“We are committed to serving our students, teachers and families. The information received in these surveys will allow us to strategically pinpoint opportunities for improvement with regard to student achievement, social and emotional support, and overall school culture,” BAPS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Margaret Coates said.
The survey is completely confidential. District administrators are encouraging parents to check their inboxes for an email sent from OU on Feb. 19.
“We truly appreciate the honest feedback as this will allow us to serve our school family appropriately,” Coates said.
Should you not receive the email, please contact Broken Arrow High School or the Freshman Academy to make sure your email address is up-to-date.
Pre-kindergarten is an exciting time for children, and the district’s Early Childhood Centers (ECC) are making the transition easier for parents by providing an informational meeting that will focus on what to expect as the new school year approaches. The annual “All Things Pre-K” meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center located at 81st and Main St.
“We will discuss information about the early childhood programs, enrollment information, curriculum, daily schedules and all of the nuts and bolts of Pre-K,” Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Karla Dyess said. “The Pre-K principals will also be present to answer any and all questions that the parents might have.”
“Our program is designed to be a collaborative effort involving parents, students and teachers, and by working as a team, I have no doubt that we will be successful in our mission to create a foundation for life-long learning in our youngest Broken Arrow Tigers,” Dyess said.
For more information, please contact the Elementary Education Administration office at 918-259-7725.