Afton Board of Education appointed Rick Rexwinkle to fill vacant seat No. 2 during a special meeting.

AFTON– The Afton Board of Education appointed Rick Rexwinkle to fill vacant seat No. 2 during a special meeting on Feb. 6.

Due to a lack of a quorum present, the regular board meeting on Feb. 2 was canceled and a special meeting was called on Feb. 6.

On Feb. 6, Board President Jeff Robinson administered the Oath of Office for seat No. 2 on the Afton Board of Education to Rexwinkle. He will serve on the board until election time next year and can choose to file or not file at that time.

Superintendent Randy Gardner said Rexwinkle’s background speaks volumes and is qualified for the position.

“He has worked with boards and served on boards,” Gardner said. “He was a longtime County Extension Agent in Ottawa County. His two children both went to our school and graduated from here. He’s real familiar with the school system, this area and has a professional background similar to a school setting. With those things, I think he’s a good fit for Afton Schools.”

Seat No. 2 was left vacant after the passing of late board member Tony Shepard, who had succumbed to cancer on Dec. 30. Shepard had succeeded former board member Bill Jacobs in death, who had passed away in Oct. 2015.

At the special meeting, Victor made the motion to appoint Rexwinkle, which was approved unanimously. Rexwinkle abstained from voting during the entire meeting due to becoming acclimated as a member and not having knowledge of the agenda items being voted on.

In superintendent reports, Gardner informed the board that he has received a binder with the findings from the Homeland Security visit last month. He handed the board members a list of priority and general recommendations, which the administration is looking at implementing some of these ideals in place. He also informed the board that Blake Wallace, bus driver, will be moving to Locust Grove effective Feb. 17 and David Markes will be driving his bus route.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Afton will host Foyil and will be honoring Shepard by presenting a plaque to this family at halftime of the girls’ game. Afton will also be hosting the junior high and high school powerlifting meets on Feb. 16 and 17. District basketball will be at Porter on Friday with Afton girls’ playing Warner and the boys’ will play Porter. The seventh and eighth grade Academic Regional meet will be Feb. 18.

In building updates, Gardner informed the board that he has met with three architects to get their ideas on renovations versus new building projects. He will report back to the board at the next meeting after receiving information from the architect firms.

In middle school reports, principal Ike Mustain said the junior high basketball season has concluded. The girls and boys team showed a lot of improvement from the first game this year to the last game. The seventh and eighth grade Academic Team qualified for State.

The first powerlifting meet was held in Hilldale and Afton had three junior high participants place first in their division. The high school team won the meet by over 100 lbs. and had several places in their weight divisions. Abbegail Ellis won the local spelling bee with Thomas Youngblood as the runner-up and they will compete at Muskogee in March. Parent Teacher Conferences were held on Feb. 2 but the school didn’t have a very good turnout in the junior high.

In elementary reports, Principal Kim Johnson mentioned that the fifth-grade students went to the Fairland Bank after discussing banking and checking accounts. The elementary teachers had a pretty good turnout for Parent Teacher Conferences on Feb. 2. She informed the board of the participants from each class for the local Spelling Bee and announced that Xander Westfall was the winner and Kenzi Price was the runner-up. They will be representing Afton at the State Spelling Bee in Muskogee on March 24.

In high school reports, principal O. Jay Bowen said that Natalie Gibson will be on the State Executive Council Ballot for election at the State FCCLA Convention. Austin Osburn and Harley Stevens have launched Afton’s new FCCLA Website for a competition at National Level. The Interact Club will be launching a SAFE (Seatbelts are for Everyone) program. They will be surveying students to see if they are wearing their seatbelts and making sure they are not on their cell phones while driving. The students will also be signing a pledge as part of the program. James Walkingstick, high school senior, who serves on the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council, recently attended his first meeting.

In lunch news, the board declared the following cafeteria equipment as surplus: Milk Box, Proofer and Salad Bar and authorized the superintendent to dispose of at a fair price.

In other news, the board:

•approved to waive the rental fee for the Afton After Prom Committee to use school facilities for a cookie fundraiser.

•approved the service agreement with ADPC to provide computer software service for the activity fund, accounts payable, treasury program and payroll programs for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Afton board will meet at 7 p.m. on March 2 in the cafeteria for its next regular meeting.