UCO community learns about ‘hidden disabilities’
Gill Barnett, local puppy raiser coordinator for a New Leash on Life, recently matched a service dog with a veteran who suffers from a brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.
Barnett said there is a list of veterans applying for a service dog.
Barnett said one of the things the dog was trained to help with is the aforementioned veteran in answering the door. When the dog knows someone is there, it will go to the door and then to the veteran until he is alerted.
The experience was very rewarding.
School board looks for ways to find budget cuts
Lori Smith, chief financial officer for Edmond Public Schools, said the school district’s fund balance could possibly be higher than the previously expected number of 6.2 percent, however, expenditures still need to be reduced by $4 million.
At Monday’s Edmond Board of Education meeting, Smith said the fund balance could be as high as 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent depending on several factors, including state aid funding and payroll costs. But, in order to have a budget with an adequate fund balance at the end of fiscal year 2015, expenditures need to be reduced by $4 million from this year’s projected level.
OC theater performs “The Importance of being Earnest” Thursday through Saturday
Oklahoma Christian University will stage its last play of the spring with Oscar Wilde’s comedy “The Importance of being Earnest” April 10-12. Wilde’s final play is considered to be his masterpiece. Though written for the London stage more than 100 years ago, the comedy is one of the most-produced plays in England and the United States.
OC’s production will be directed by senior theater major Wesley Aspey, who has added his own touch to the comedy.
Final plans authorized for Frontier Elementary
The Edmond Board of Education unanimously approved final plans and authorized the bidding process for the phase two addition at Frontier Elementary School at Monday’s meeting.
Bret Towne, associate superintendent of general administration with Edmond Public Schools, said the new addition will include six classrooms, two of which will be safe rooms, a circulation pod, restrooms, storage and two additional rooms as alternates.
Memorial educator named EPS Teacher of the Year
Memorial High School Principal Justin Coffelt said it’s not uncommon to see teacher Elanna Killackey in her classroom at 6:30 or 7 p.m. with her own children preparing for the next day.
Killackey, a ninth- through 12th-grade English teacher, yearbook adviser and Student Council sponsor at Memorial High School, is the 2014-15 Edmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She will now go up against other educators across the state for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year award.
Killackey is a passionate, creative educator who tries to make learning English interesting and relevant through ideas like having students research topics for classroom debates, Coffelt said.
“She’s just extremely deserving,” Coffelt said. “I think Elanna is a great representative of how passionate and enthusiastic our teachers are about our kids. We couldn’t ask for a better representative of our faculty than her.”
UCO students empathize with the visually impaired
Monday morning, University of Central Oklahoma student Luis Morales grabbed a white cane, strapped on a blindfold and made his way to the start of a sort of obstacle course.
Shelley Smith, an interpreter specialist with UCO’s Disability Support Services, gave Morales verbal and physical assistance as he went through the course. Using his cane and other senses, he avoided a garden hose, wooden blocks, a bicycle rack and a ladder. Mid-way through he climbed some steps.
Volunteers read through Bible at UCO
On the verge of Holy Week, the most significant period on the Christian calendar, volunteers are taking turns reading through the entire Bible.
In good weather following Sunday’s rain, readers began at 8 a.m. Monday with Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The setting is a covered area along Broncho Lake on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, near the student center and a busy sidewalk.
‘ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown’ features Moby as headliner
The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) will take over Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district with more than 70 ACM@UCO student bands in 14 venues as a part of its fifth annual “ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown” event. The live music starts at 3 p.m. April 11, with a “Sound Mixing for Feature Film” panel at 1 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
High school seniors invited to Freshman Connection at NWOSU
One day each year is designated for incoming freshmen to enroll for classes at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Freshman Connection allows these students the chance to have first dibs at fall classes, and will be at the Alva campus April 16 with a morning and afternoon session to accommodate student schedules.
Local youth named FFA District Star
Alex Sloan of the Edmond FFA chapter has been named the District Star in Agriscience of the Oklahoma FFA Association and will compete as a finalist for the State Star in Agriscience award to be presented April 30 at the 88th State FFA Convention at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
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