Jackson County_In Jackson County voters are deciding whether to consolidate the Eldorado School District with the schools in Olustee School District. The primary reason for the proposed change is cost. Superintendents of both school systems say it could save taxpayers half-a-million dollars in the first year.
The schools would also see about $300,000 more dollars from the State of Oklahoma each year that could help improve facilities, academics, and extra-curricular activities. With the districts combined, the schools would have no trouble creating a ball team, and a new mascot and new team colors would replace the old.
However, some parents may find it hard to swallow. 7th through 12th grade students in Eldorado would be bussed to Olustee, and pre-k through 6th grade students would stay in Eldorado. The superintendents say the merge is something that should be done immediately for the kids' future success.
Tuesday morning, the Jackson County Election Board says more than 100 of the 397 eligible Eldorado voters had cast ballots - only three who live in Olustee are eligible to vote in this election.
An Oklahoma teacher allegedly attacked an officer during an arrest. Authorities were called to an accident after a driver ran a red light. The driver of the car, Joshua Wann, 29, reportedly smelled like mouthwash and alcohol. Wann, an English teacher at Broken Arrow High School, failed several field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.
Hundreds of disabled people and their advocates gathered at the capitol and met with state lawmakers to demand the cuts to services stop. State agencies have been told to brace for more cuts due to a nearly $900-million budget gap. "If everyone's paying their taxes, if everyone's paying their premiums, if people have health insurance they don't have to go to the emergency room and not having to fight through government assistance healthcare.."
The Department of Public Safety is anticipating another 15-percent budget cut. If that happens, they say they will have to close 25 driver’s license exam stations across Oklahoma. Some of the notable stations include Edmond, Norman and Shawnee. The closures would force some Oklahomans to travel more than 100 miles to the nearest exam station.
The three teenagers who were killed after they allegedly broke into an Oklahoma home have been identified Authorities say three teenagers dressed in black and wearing masks and gloves broke into a Broken Arrow home through a back door Shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Officials told KFOR the homeowner’s son, 23, killed all three teens with an AR-15.
James Parkman, 27, of Norman, was arrested on child predator charges after allegedly attempting to meet a 14-year old who he met online for sex. Around 11:00 a.m. Monday, officials say Parkman contacted a 14-year-old girl on a social media website to meet for sex. Little did Parkman know, the girl was actually a member of the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office working as a Task Force Member with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes.