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Because the land sits in a flood plain, any new construc- tion will require demolishing the current structure and grad- ing the site to raise its eleva- tion by about six inches. Washington School Alumni Association president Karen Washington appeared before the council on December 5, to make a pre- sentation about the building's history and its significance to the City of Stillwater. After the presentation, the council voted to table the matter and give the developer and the alumni group a chance to work out a mutually agree- able solution. Washington said her group has been meeting with the developer, who agreed to give them bricks from the school building and a small piece of the lot, along with a cash donation to build a monument. It's not an ideal solution but it's better than nothing at all, she said. "It's not at all what we wanted and what we think we deserved but there's not much we can do about it," she said. The developer didn't real- ize the significance of the building when it was pur- chased and has been very compassionate and sensitive to the community's feelings, Washington said. "We've been impressed," she said. "They don't gain anything from this." She said the developer had also indicated a willingness to sell the alumni associa- tion a larger part of the tract See SCHOOL, Page $4 Municipal Filing Period Approaches The tiling period for Still- wa-/er's Mayoral race will begn Monday, February 6th and continue through Wednesday, February 8th. . "Candidates should file between 8:30a,m. and 4: 30p.m. at the Payne County Election Board, on the second floor of the Payne County Administration Building located at Sixth Ave. and Duck St. A'primary election will be held Tuesday, March 6  The top two candidates will continue to a general election on Tuesday, April 3 rd if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the primary vote. For more information call., the Election Board at (405) 747-8350. School calendar change explained By Michelle Charles Journal Staff Writer The Board of Education for StiUwater Public Schools decided against making major changes to the calendar for the 2012/2013 school year during its December meeting. Superintendent Ann Caine proposed a continuous learn- ing calendar that would have shortened summer break to two months and extended fall and spring breaks to two weeks. Students would have gone to school for nine weeks and had two off throughout the year, then would have taken the months of June and July for summer vacation and returned to school August 1. A continuous learning calen- dar differs from a year-round school schedule because it doesn't add days to the school year. It simply redistributes those days. She said the change is going to be necessary because the district is switching to a more challenging curriculum in 20 13 that won't allow time to reteach the things students forget over a three-month summer break. Researchhas shown that some children with oppommities to travel or participate in summer camps learn over summer break but many children don't get those oppommities. Children growing up in finan- cially disadvantaged homes don't benefit academically from long summer breaks, she said. By the time those children reach fifth grade they may be one and a hag years behind their classmates, she said. Caine said her decision is based on what is best for the children of the district and their educational success. She said the board received feedback from parents who felt that six months wasn't enough time to make adjustments in their summer schedules. Some had already made travel plans or made depos- its for camps held during AugusL Caine said she was surprised at some of the responses the district got from a parent survey. A concern that crone up fre- quently and that Caine didn't expect was the possibility of problems with summer visita- tion for non-custodial parents. A number of respondents said the schedule change would require them to go back to court and change visitation schedules, which could gener- ate significant attorney fees, she said. She said her response to that concem was a misstep. After consulting with a friend who is an attomey, Caine said she posted a response on a dis- trict Prequently Asked Ques- tions list that said she hoped parents would be able to work out any custody issues between themselves for the good of their child. 'Ilmt did not go over well," she said. Caine said several issues arose that she didn't anticipate When she asked the district's calendar committee to deter- mine how to come up with a continuous learning calendar schedule. Some parents didn't like the schedule change and questioned who was on the calendar committee. She said she didn't realize that they thought the calendar committee made the decision to change the school calendar. That is not the case, she said. "Caine made the decision and asked the calendar committee to figure out how to make it work," she said. "It was me. There was no other option for them to consider." She said she was reluctant to respond to an initial inquiry about who was on the calendar committee because she wor- ried about people who were volunteering to help the district being personally confronted by an angry parent. See CAINE, Page $4 MLK Day Sermon Rev. Calvin Miller of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church looks on as the Rev. Gerone Free delivers his message during Stillwater's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Resi- dents gathered outside the Stillwater Public Library Monday evening and marched to Mount Zion church where representatives from the Stillwater and Oklahoma State University Com- munities along with several area churches gathered for a program to commemorate the life of Dr. King. Free challenged those assembled to ask themselves, "Am I my brother's keeper?" He said people are given abilities and blessings so they can help those who are less fortunate. Journal photo by Michelle Charles Payne County jail to take munlclp By Michelle Charles Journal Staff Writer The Payne County Sheriff s Office has entered into a mutual aid agreement that allows the City of Glencoe to house municipal prisoners at the county jail. Sheriff R.B. Hauf said Glencoe's municipal judge will now be able to sen- tence offenders who receive municipal citations and don't pay their tines to jail time. "They didn't have any teeth," he said. "There really wasn't any way to collect." Hauf said he was approached about the arrangement by Glencoe s Chief of Police. Glencoe is the only city in Payne County to enter into this type of arrangement with the county jail. The county takes all prison- ers charged with state offenses but cities have jurisdiction over municipal offenses. The City of Stillwater has its own city jail. The City of Perkins doesn't house municipal prisoners at the Payne County jail but does have an agreement with the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, he said. Ripley doesn't have a jail or al prisoners a police department and relies on the Sheriff' s Office for law enforcement. Hauf said a Reserve Deputy currently patrols Ripley about 20 hours per week and he plans to begin paying the man as a part-time employee soon. The agreement takes effect February 1, and includes provisions for Glencoe to reimburse the county $30 per day for each prisoner it keeps and handle all non-emergency medical care and transfers. Prisoners are financially responsible for pre-existing conditions and self-inflicted injuries, he said. Medical insurance covers care for those prisoners who have it. The SherifFs Office will still make arrangements for emergency medical care, whether that involves calling an ambulance, transporting a prisoner to the emergency room or having the county jail's medical provider render treatment. "We can't just leave some- one without medical care," he said. See JAIL, Page S4 Payne County Co00'ssi'on 1/17/12 Regular Meeting Utility Permits CREC - approved 3- 0 Brakeman Fast Line - temporary water line - approved 3-0 Discussion and Pos- sible Action Bridge inspection invoice for Dist. No. 1 - total cost $23,240 - approved 3-0 Commissioners' natures to be put on file with Oklahoma Dep- ment of Commerce for future project funding Mutual aid agreement between Payne County Sheriff's Office and City of Glencoe - approved 3-0 Monthly Reports Alcoholic Beverage Tax for December 2011 sig- -$17,527 Teacher of the Year candidates named By Michelle Charles Journal Staff Writer Stillwater Public Schools has announced the Teachers of the Year for each of its school sites. Each honoree was nomi- nated by their peers at that school. Tara Swick of Highland Park Elementary is a Third Grade teacher with five years of experience. Jill Blake of Richmond Elementary is a Counselor with 12 years of experi- ence. Brooke Phipps of Sangre Ridge Elementary is a Pre- K teacher with four years of experience. Tammy Matlock of Sky- line Elementary is a Media Specialist with nine years of experience. Diane Sallaska of West- wood Elementary is a Fifth Grade teacher with five years of experience. Vickie Hayes of Will Rogers Elementary is. a Pre- K teacher with six years of experience. Quinn Baldwin of Stillwa- ter Middle School is a Media Specialist with 10 years of experience. Paula Sheppard of Stillwa- ter Junior High is a Family and Consumer Science instructor with 16 years of experience. Lisa Tabish of Lincoln Academy is an instructor of Psychology, Sociology, Criminology and English with eight years of experi- ence. Crystal Griggs of Stillwater High School is an instructor of Forensics, Oceanog- raphy, Meteorology and Astronomy with eight years of experience. The field of 10 honorees is currently in the process of being narrowed to three district finalists. One of the three will be named Teacher of the Year for Stillwater Public Schools at the district's awards recep- tion on May 7, 2012. THE JOURNAL .11!1!1!!111!1! ! ! !11 II100