District hears from auditor

Posted in: News
By Todd Brooks
Dec 6, 2012 - 9:29:49 AM

The Marlow Public Schools received a thumbs up overall from its independent auditor Monday night at the board’s regularly scheduled December meeting.
Auditor, Steve Blasingame, said the district was doing a good job with only a few exceptions in handling its financial obligations.
Blasingame recommends the district not keep all of its signature stamps for athletic programs in one place so no one person could write out checks requiring two signatures.
Blasingame also recommends the district to encourage school organizations to deposit any money they receive within a day of receipts being written on receiving the funds. He cited two examples; one school organization waited three days and another waited seven days before funds were deposited.
“You don’t want to have money just sitting around,” Blasingame said.
He also said the school needs to do a better job of following up on any reimbursements it is suppose to receive from the state and has not received.
Board members opened bids for the new elementary school on Wednesday night and will discuss them at a special, called meeting later this month, possibly as early as next Thursday according to Marlow Public Schools, Superintendent, George Coffman.
“We should be able to start building at the end of this month or the beginning of next month,” Coffman said. “It will start off slow, then pick up, then slow down again, and then pick up again. It is scheduled to be completed between 12-18 months.”
School activities are winding down for the calendar year as Christmas Break approaches.
The elementary school is having a food drive where the class bringing the most canned goods wins a pizza party. Kindergarteners decorated trees at First National Bank and Legacy Bank on Wednesday morning. On Dec. 20, the Little Dribblers will be performing at halftime of the Oklahoma women’s basketball game in Norman against the University of California-Riverside.
The middle school band will be performing this Friday at 7 p.m. and the school’s Christmas dance will be held Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
The middle school choir will perform its Christmas program at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14.
The high school will have its Christmas concert this Friday at 2:30 p.m. The Christmas dance will also be Friday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
The Marlow Bootleggers are going for their second straight state championship Saturday at Oklahoma Christian University. They will be performing at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
A food drive is being held at the high school for the Marlow Samaritans. Principal Bryan Brantley said the school’s goal is 500 cans.
“Coach (Bill) Carter has expressed there is a greater need this year than there has been,” Brantley said.
In other business, the district accepted the resignation of Pre-K assistant, Sandra Burns and hired Peggy Evans to replace her.
Victoria Price was hired as a substitute teacher for the district.