MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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August 12, 2010

Gore school delayed a week

— GORE — The Gore Board of Education voted 4-1 in a special meeting Wednesday night to delay starting school until Aug. 19. School originally was supposed to start today.

Superintendent Monte Thompson told a crowded meeting that a commercial water heater in the elementary school had gone out and there was no way to prepare meals under health department guidelines.

Thompson said a replacement was ordered a month ago, but had not yet arrived. After the meeting, Thompson said officials knew this summer the water heater was not working, but expected the replacement to arrive from Texas before now.

Anna Chapman, who has a granddaughter in junior high and a grandson in the fourth grade, said the board could have handled the delay “a little different.”

“People would have liked to have known earlier that school wasn’t going to start on time,” Chapman said.

Gore parent Randy Foley also said things could have been handled a little different, but he wasn’t really aggravated.

“It will not affect me one way or another,” he said. “I’ve got child care covered. Others may not.”

Foley said he attends board meetings and tries to stay informed.

Thompson said when air conditioning units were turned on Wednesday, it was learned some repairs were needed, and Hix Air Conditioning Muskogee planned to be at the school to do that.

The board also hired a Chad Harp as the K-12 principal. Harp was given a temporary contract after a unanimous vote.

Thompson said the temporary contract means “it is his job for this year, but that he will have to re-apply to be considered for the same position next year.”

Harp was the alternative education director and administrator at Bixby Public Schools. He is originally from Webbers Falls.

Teachers will not be expected to work until Wednesday, when Thompson will hold a teachers’ meeting. Thompson said he believes a lot of teachers will be at school working on their rooms, but they are not required to do so.

Reach Donna Hales at 684-2923 or dhales@muskogeephoenix.com.

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