Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

February 6, 2014

PV schools push past cold air

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Winter weather may have impacted schools in Pauls Valley once this week it looks as though frigid temperatures out there right now aren’t going to stop any classes here.

A PV school administrator said Wednesday plans are to continue classes as normal despite the extreme arctic air that’s dropped in from the north and now has the local region flirting with temps near zero.

Local school Superintendent Darsha Huckabaa said some school districts in the state make it a matter of policy to close down if the winter temperatures dip too low.

That’s not the case here in Pauls Valley.

Instead, local schools were closed Monday because of the snow and ice on the area roadways and not the cold air.

“Right now we’re doing the best we can and taking all the precautions we can,” Huckabaa said about the temps being much colder than normal. “We’re taking it one day at a time.”

As for those days when the weather does shut down school, Huckabaa said there is a plan in place.

At the same time it’s the members of the local school board who have the final say on whether or not the district will make up any missed class days.

“We already have time built in for these days when we do miss school because of the weather,” she said.

“The board will be looking at the days where we’ve been out. They’ll make the decision on if we need to make up any days.”

In other news the early voting period is now here for school board elections on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Pauls Valley and Maysville.

In-person absentee voting is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6-7 at the Election Board office located in the county courthouse.

The school board race on the ballot here in PV includes incumbent Joe Don Looney and challengers Brandi Harris and Randy McGee.

In Maysville there are two board races on the ballot.

For the No. 4 office on Maysville’s school board Vickie Foraker and Cindy Wilmot are running for a five-year term.

Tyler Dean and Heidi Gamble are the candidates for the unexpired term of Maysville’s No. 2 office.

Another big election comes on March 4 when all voters in Garvin County get the chance to express their opinion on a countywide half-cent sales tax up for renewal.

The tax in place since 2007 is again up for a seven-year term with revenue earmarked this time for the county sheriff’s department, county commissioners for roads and the county’s 911 dispatch center. A portion would go into the county’s general fund.

Also on March 4 is an election for Pauls Valley voters to consider a half-cent sales tax with revenues going to make needed capital improvements at PV General Hospital.

Specifically, those improvements are to focus on updating the hospital’s diagnostic equipment.

The deadline to register or get voter registration updated before the election is Friday, Feb. 7.

Yet another election is set for April 1 as a $20.3 million school bond issue in Wynnewood is on the ballot.

The Wynnewood issue, if passed by at least 60 percent, would go to build a new elementary school.