Archive for January, 2012
Oklahoma City Public Schools will soon be receiving two new teachers from Teach for America, the national organization that aims to provide teachers for two years to some of the toughest inner-city school districts in the country. The organization employs professionals or top college graduates in different professions and offers them crash courses in teaching to help provide students throughout the country with access to equal educational opportunities.
In addition, the Oklahoma City School Board has approved the hiring of 70 more Teach for America teachers for the 2012-2013 school year. Currently, there are only 54 first-year Teach for America teachers in Oklahoma City after two dropped out of the program before the end of the fall semester. According to Sandra Park, Deputy Superintendent, the new teachers will be based in schools that have previously hosted teachers from Teach for America. They will mostly be covering pre-kindergarten positions since the entire city is heading toward an all-day pre-kindergarten program.
By bringing on 70 additional new teachers, the school system will incur an added cost of $280,000. Executive Director Lance Tackett explained that this is only a fraction of the $2.4 million that it will actually cost to provide support to the 122 teachers. Private donors and businesses will be making financial contributions to cover the rest of the expense.
The Edmond Planning Commission has made its decision, and there will soon be a new assisted living center in the city called Autumn Leaves of Edmond. At this week’s meeting, the commission voted 4-0 in favor of the final plan.
The City Council has also already approved zoning changes for an office planned unit development to accommodate the proposed assisted living center. The LaSalle Group, a company that offers specialized assisted living facilities to patients with Alzheimer’s, is planning to build a 25,783 square foot facility on a 4.3-acre tract located on the north side of 15th Street.
According to Bob Schiermeyer, City Planner of Edmond, LaSalle Group will be building a center that includes 35 private rooms and 2 semi-private rooms. There will be a drive on the east side of the building with no access on the west. Schiermeyer added that the utilities and drainage that will be used by the one-story building have also already been reviewed.
To protect the welfare of the Alzheimer’s patients who will soon be living on the center, a fence along the back of the property will be built for added security.
The OSU-Oklahoma City Farmers Market will soon be putting on a fun day to show customers their appreciation. The Customer Appreciation Day, open to everyone, will be held Saturday at the Horticulture Pavilion at 400 N. Portland Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Those who want to shop for organic products, fresh food, and other handmade products, ranging from skincare to craft items, can come Saturday to enjoy a variety of selections from over 30 vendors that include local farmers, food producers, and artisans. In addition, customers will have the chance to win great door prizes during hourly drawings. Prizes will include customized OSU-OKC Farmers Market thermal totes and large Farmers Market baskets full of fresh foods and artisan crafts.
According to Cheryl Camp, OSU-OKC Farmers Market Manager, the appreciation day is a way for Farmers Market vendors to say “thank you” to their customers. The appreciation day is open to everyone, ranging from customers who have been with them for more than 15 years to first-timers.
Camp added that the OSU-OKC Farmers Market is living up to what it means to be a market community. Vendors, customers, and their families already know each other and enjoy interacting during market time.