The Afton Board of Education building improvements, staff assignments and announced a generous donation toward school operations.

AFTON— The Afton Board of Education has been discussing future facility improvements for Afton Public Schools, especially in the middle school section of the elementary building.

In the January meeting, the board authorized Superintendent Randy Gardner to develop two plans of action- the cost of remodeling and the cost of replacement and/or additions to the facilities.

Gardner informed the board that he has met with three architects to get their ideas and estimated costs on renovations versus new building projects. He reported the information back to the board on Thursday during the regular monthly meeting.

Board vice-president Grant Victor made a motion to have the superintendent check with Bluejacket School to see who they used as the architect for their project, to visit with the architects, clarify the costs involved to begin some preliminary plans and to find out more details on the city sales tax. The motion was approved unanimously.

In other news, senior student James Walkingstick has been awarded Academic All-State. He is the third Afton student to receive this award in the last five years. Only 100 students are chosen annually. A full story on Walkingstick’s award will be featured in the Wednesday paper of the Miami News-Record.

After meeting in executive session, the board approved to reemploy Kim Johnson as the pre-k through 5th-grade principal, Ike Mustain as the 6th-8th principal and O. Jay Bowen as the 9th-12th principal, or in any area of their certification for the 2017-18 school year.

In superintendent reports, Gardner said that the board received a $7,000 donation from the Peoria Tribe for the total operation of the school. The high school powerlifting team won the conference meet at Wyandotte on Feb. 9. Afton hosted the junior high and high school powerlifting meets on Feb. 16 and 17. The high school won and several junior high received medals, as well.

“The coaches, secretaries and workers did an excellent job of running our weight meets,” Gardner said.

Basketball season concluded on Feb. 17 when Afton lost in the first round of district playoffs. The State Department visited and monitored the school’s child nutrition program.

In auditing news, the board approved Bill Turner as the auditor to audit the 2016-17 financial records and prepare the budget for the 2017-18 school year.

In high school news, the annual FFA Labor Auction will be having a silent auction next Tuesday with all proceeds going to the Tony Shepard Memorial Fund. The National History Club took 13 members to Northeastern A&M College for a National History Day Contest and every participant placed in the top three in their category. FCCLA hosted a blood drive on Feb. 1 and they attended the Regional STAR Events on Feb. 7.

In elementary news, Miss Oklahoma visited the students on Feb. 13. Elementary Principal Kim Johnson stated that she attended a meeting with Tracie DeLano on starting a program for teachers similar to the Man-Up and My Life program. February was dental health month and Dr. Chris Robinson was at the school and presented programs for pre-k through 2nd.

In other news, the board:

•approved FCCLA selling t-Shirts and shorts as a fundraiser to raise money for conventions and other FCCLA expenditures.

•accepted the resignation of Blake Wallace, bus driver, effective Feb. 14.

•approved the 8th-grade class trip to Branson, MO on May 10. The board also approved the senior class trip to St. Louis, MO, on May 7-9.

•approved to change the dates of the April and May regular board meetings to April 4 and May 1 due to scheduling conflicts.