The Pawhuska Board of Education on Friday, April 15 unanimously approved a contract between the school district and MA+ Architecture, of Oklahoma City, to move ahead with a project to build a new elementary multipurpose building.
Superintendent David Cash said federal COVID-19 relief funds are to be used to pay for the project. There will be no need to draw from the district’s General Fund or Building Fund. He told the Journal-Capital that he would like for the new building to be completed by about September 2022, but with federal funds being used and the possibility of supply chain disruptions it could easily be later than that.
Cash said the new building is to be 7,500 square feet in size — a gymnasium type of structure that could be used for school assemblies, award programs, youth basketball and wrestling, and as a shelter during bad weather.
The project is expected to cost about $900,000, Cash said. Pawhuska Public Schools is currently in very secure financial condition, he told the Board of Education in the special meeting last Friday. The regular monthly board meeting, originally set for the evening of Monday, April 11, was canceled due to lack of a quorum and rescheduled for 4 p.m. on Good Friday.
“This is probably the first time in 18 years I’ve seen federal collections at this point rivaling local collections,” Cash said regarding the pace at which various forms of revenue are reaching the district. He is in his fourth year as Pawhuska superintendent, but has been a school administrator considerably longer.
The Board of Education welcomed a new member Friday, as Shannon Shaw Duty was sworn in. She is to serve the last two years of a five-year board term that Addie Roanhorse began in April 2019.
Roanhorse resigned for personal reasons just over two years into the term. Craig Walker was then appointed to the seat, and served until an election could be held. Shannon Shaw Duty was the only candidate to come forward. She made an immediate impact, with Cash crediting her…
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