Collinsville, Oklahoma
February 11, 2020
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5A Dual State Wrestling Championship At Enid Fri-Sat.
Home Representative Club -- Senior Tea In May
2/4/2020 text from Susan Babbitt
Senior Tea -- May 5, 2020 3pm at Faith Fellowship Church - Speaker Paula Settoon, TCC Dean
Celebration of Woman's Right To Vote
Barton Honor Roll
Barton Community College (Great Bend, Kan.) has named 239 students to the President’s List for the fall 2019 semester. Please see below for students from your area -- 1/31/2020

== President's List
Lori McElyea - Collinsville, Okla.
== Dean's List
Bryn Willt - Collinsville, Okla.

Senate Review by Senator J.J. Dossett
-- Invest In Education
-- Census Is Important

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 7, 2020

Senate Review by Senator J.J. Dossett

I was born and raised right here in Senate District 34, and my hope is when my children grow up, they’ll be able to find jobs and raise their families here. I am sure my friends, neighbors and fellow citizens throughout the district share that hope.

That’s where having an excellent public education system comes in. The better job we do giving kids the tools they need to succeed, the more likely they are to graduate and go on to obtain post-secondary degrees, whether that’s at a college, university or a careertech. And it’s a fact that the more education a person has, the greater their earning potential. We also know that companies offering the best paying jobs target locations that offer a well-educated workforce.

When we invest in education, we are investing in the future of our children and the future of this state. But my concern after working so many years to bring education to the forefront and make the priority it should be is that we’re going to start losing momentum. After two consecutive years of teacher pay raises, I think leaders need to understand there’s much more to be done.

Many of the advancements of the historic education reform and funding measure, House Bill 1017, approved in 1990, were severely weakened if not completely undone after years of budget cuts. We’ve still not addressed overcrowding in our classes or provided adequate resources to ensure every child has their own textbooks—books that are up-to-date and not falling apart. We need more technology in the classroom as well.

The governor didn’t really address these specific issues in his State of the State address this past Monday. But he did ask for legislative leaders to set aside an additional $100 million for savings—savings that already top a billion dollars. That’s after he sought and succeeded in obtaining an additional $200 million in savings last year beyond the state’s Rainy Day Fund deposit.

It’s critical for our state to have emergency savings for economic downturns, just as it is important for families to do the same. But to continue to add to your savings at the expense of addressing real and pressing needs within your household is a short-sighted approach. A family that neglects basic maintenance for their home will end up paying more in the long run. Putting money away while failing to provide necessities for your children is neglect.

Despite a slowing economy and what will probably be a flat budget year, we do have additional resources that could be invested in education this year. Making those investments will pay dividends for our state for years to come.

I welcome your comments on state government and the issues before us. Please feel free to contact me by writing to Senator J.J. Dossett at the State Capitol, Room 521-A, Oklahoma City, OK, 73105; call me at (405) 521-5566.

MAKE IT COUNT OKLAHOMA! Census Day is April 1 and Oklahoma needs a full count. An undercount in the census of just 2 percent can cost the state $1.8 billion in lost federal money over the next 10 years. Fill out your census form, Oklahoma. Learn more at:

Long-Time School Employee Passed Away
Good morning. I wanted to make sure everyone in our system knew that John Hall passed away this past Friday. John has been with us for over 30 years, serving in several capacities including as a Math teacher, coach, scorekeeper, filmer, and in our IT area (which is ironic because he hated computers at first). For years, he also mowed and took care of our district's lawn care needs. John was one of the hardest working people I knew. He also had an absolute great sense of humor. For me personally, John represents one of the "base" foundations for my personal Collinsville experience. He was one of the first people I got to know here and we have remained great friends every since...I am going to miss him dearly. John has a wonderful family...please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

John's funeral will be on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at St. Henry's in Owasso. There will be a viewing at Mowery's on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lance West
Collinsville Public Schools

John Richard Hall (May 1, 1948 - January 23, 2020) -- Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2020, at St. Henrys Catholic Church in Owasso -- Mowery Funeral Service

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