Bryan Frazier, Superintendent of Claremore Public Schools, shares answers to some common questions regarding the potential teacher walkout:
Due to the fluid nature of the potential walkout, Claremore Public Schools has waited to publish information regarding the handling of the many situations possible. We do know that waiting has created some disinformation and confusion, so below are some common questions with answers as of this date. As the potential increases and becomes more of a reality there will be more information shared.
1.Why is there potential for a teacher walkout and work stoppage beginning April 2nd?
Common Education funding from the State of Oklahoma has continued to decrease over the last decade. There has been a 28% decrease in the state funding formula per student over the last 10 years. Per pupil funding is 48th in the United States, teacher pay is 49th. Results from continuous underfunding has created low teacher pay, teacher shortages, increased class sizes, reduction of programs and services for students and reduction of college students entering the profession. This reduction in funding has put public education at a tipping point.
2.When will parents be notified of the walkout if and when it occurs?
The District will attempt to notify parents, as soon as possible, so plans can be made. Per the school calendar, classes are scheduled to be out on Friday, March 30th. The goal is to notify parents on this day, if at all possible. The walkout date is April 2nd, if no solution in Oklahoma City has been reached.
3.Will days missed during a work stoppage need to be made up?
Yes, each day out of school will be made up day for day. Every school day at Claremore Public Schools is a critical day of instruction and student learning.
4.Who will make the decision to close school if a walkout occurs?
The Claremore BOE has authorized Mr. Bryan Frazier, Superintendent, to close schools up to 25 days due to a teacher walkout.
5.State testing window for grades 3-8 is April 2nd – 20th. Will there be a modification in the testing window if school is closed?
No, the State Department of Education has said at this time there are no plans to modify the testing window.
6.The ACT test date for all high school juniors is scheduled for April 3rd at the High School. Will this test be administered and the test taken as scheduled?
Yes, Claremore Public School administrators will be on hand to administer the test as scheduled. Students should report to the High School between 7:30 – 7:45 a.m. Tests will begin at 8:00 a.m. Students will be dismissed once they have completed the exam (approximately 12:30 p.m.). Breakfast and lunch will be provided for the students. THIS IS THE ACT EXAM PAID FOR BY THE STATE. This exam is scheduled by ACT and cannot be rescheduled.
7.Will the AP tests go on as scheduled?
Yes, all AP tests will be administered as scheduled.
8.Will the high school prom still take place?
Yes, the high school prom will take place as previously scheduled on Saturday, April 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the NOAH Event Center in Tulsa.
9.Will the Claremore High School graduation ceremony date be moved?
No, the graduation ceremony will be held as previously scheduled on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Lantow Field.
10.Will the Baccalaureate Service date and location be moved?
No, Baccalaureate services will go on as previously scheduled on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.
11.What about extracurricular activities?
Extracurricular activities and events will go on as previously scheduled. Athletic games, tournaments, fine arts competitions, concerts, and state FFA elections etc. are included. Practices and/or rehearsals to prepare our students for said events will be allowed to go on after 3:30 p.m.
The district made this decision in order to continue student opportunities that will not or could not be rescheduled. School instruction days will be made up, however, these activities could not be rescheduled. The majority of districts in our county and surrounding area are going to allow the extracurricular events. We felt in the best interest of our students we could NOT be the only district denying their involvement while other districts were participating.
12.Will Northeast Technology Centers serve students during the work stoppage?
Yes, NTC will still be in session. Students that attend NTC campuses will still be able to attend their classes. Students who ride the NTC buses can be picked up at the Claremore High School parking lot in the usual areas. Over half of the population served by NTC are adults.