Board renews McDaniel contract
By Traci Chapman
Mustang School Board members on Monday gave the district’s superintendent a vote of confidence, extending his contract and raising his salary.
Board members unanimously voted to extend by more than three years Superintendent Sean McDaniel’s contract, also increasing his pay by 3.4 percent, board president Chad Fulton said. The extended contract included the rest of 2014, as well as three years beyond, Fulton said.
The superintendent’s pay would increase from $145,000 to $150,000 annually. Board members chose the 3.4 percentage figure to coincide with an increase given to district teachers this year, Fulton said.
“We’re very happy with the direction of the district,” he said.
The move came as the district prepared for a Feb. 11 bond issue. McDaniel said posters, banners and fliers would be used to spread the word about the $7 million issue.
“What we have committed to as a group is voter participation,” McDaniel said. “Inform, inform, inform.”
District officials decided to send the $7 million bond issue to voters less than a month after a $4.05 million plan was rejected. The district could call a new election within 60 days if the proposal was “substantially different,” the superintendent said. The new issue contains several elements either not included or different than that listed on the November ballot.
If approved, the bond issue would provide:
- $1.6 million for “technology infrastructure, equipment and software for classrooms and schools.” These items include smartboards, 3-D printers, tablets, laptops, iPads and lab equipment for use district-wide in its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – STEM – program.
- $1 million for “constructing, equipping, renovating and furnishing” storm shelters at Mustang Education Center and Mustang High School campus.
- $375,000 for district “arts programs.” This would include instruments, stage lighting, software and band uniforms.
- $300,000 for “constructing, equipping and furnishing a new barn for the agricultural education program.” The district’s barn, utilized by FFA and 4-H students, is located at 7916 S. County Line Road.
- $1.225 million for “constructing, equipping and furnishing a softball training center for use by the MHS softball and baseball teams.”
- $1.4 million for “constructing, equipping and furnishing a new ROTC training and instructional center” at Mustang High School.
- $800,000 for acquisition of “land for the construction of future schools and/or district needs in the south and central areas of the district.”
- $200,000 for “new playground equipment” at Mustang and Lakehoma elementary schools.
- $100,000 for “upgrading certain interior lighting” at Trails Elementary School and Mustang North Middle School.
In other business, board members approved a new name for the school currently under construction near NW 59th Street and County Line Road, accepting the suggestion of “Prairie View” Elementary. The name was recommended by two different students, who cited the open fields in the area, as well as similar school names, such as Mustang Trails, Creek and Valley elementary schools, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Angela Mills said.
“We received a lot more community involvement (in school naming) this year,” Mills told board members. “There was one clear choice.”
School officials also acknowledged board members during the meeting, held during School Board Appreciation Month.
Board members are Fulton, Jim Davis, Amanda Strassle, Jeff Landrith and Mike Kessler.
“We appreciate your time and your leadership,” Mustang Middle School Principal Linda Wilkes said. “Thank you for your service.”