Collinsville, Oklahoma
February 27, 2014
Miscellaneous News
Senator Brinkley On State Employee Pensions / CHS End Of Year Plans /
President's Day Coloring /
Track & Tennis

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End of Year Details For Collinsville High School
JrHi Track Schedule Update
(per Facebook 2/23/2014)
Due to the jh Wagoner track meet omitting the 9th grade division from their meet, our 9th graders will attend a 9th grade only meet on Monday, April 14. Start time will be 3:00 pm. More information at a later time.
Home Representative Club Announces Winners In Wilson Elementary
President’s Day Coloring Contest

1st Grade Winners (L-R): Addison Bearden-Willett, Emily Lor, Taybri Tucker and Cameron Wells

2nd Grade Winners (L-R): Sophia Roberts, Matthew Saldivar, Cable Golden and Lauren Grogg

Home Representative Club Announces Winners
In The Wilson Elementary President’s Day Coloring Contest

The Home Representative Club (HRC) of Collinsville was very excited to host the 4th annual President's Day Coloring Contest for students at Collinsville Wilson Elementary. The HRC Coloring Contest committee members are Carolyn Brinkley and Rusti Howard. HRC is a civic organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer services. For over 50 years HRC has sponsored many projects for the community. Just some of the programs that have allowed HRC the opportunity to help the students of the Collinsville School system are:

* Sponsor the annual Mother/Daughter Senior Tea for CHS graduating senior girls
* Award a college scholarship to a graduating senior;
* Sponsor the Outstanding Sophomore HOBY Award; and
* Organize and donate Christmas baskets full of new toys, clothes and food gift certificates to children in the Collinsville school system from the Angel Tree.

With the help of the Wilson Elementary staff, HRC implemented this contest four years ago and each year it has proven to be fun for the students. Each teacher at Wilson Elementary speaks to their students about the meaning of President’s Day. The students then color a picture that they feel best represents their interpretation of President’s Day. The children are not allowed to put their names on their papers, instead the teachers assign a number to the student’s paper. Each teacher then chooses the top three best pictures from their classroom and those papers are given to a judge who has over 40 years experience in art. This judge then volunteers their time to judge the pictures on neatness, creativity and how the student best represents “What President’s Day means to me”.

The Home Representative Club would like to thank the Bank of the Lakes of Collinsville for their generous donation of paper, Brinkley Howard for the donation of President’s Day pencils that were given to each student, Wilson Elementary office staff, Cheryl Hunt, LeeAnn Due and Kendra Salisbury and the Wilson Elementary staff, students and the teachers for their time and devotion to this project. The winners were announced at an Awards Assembly on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Each winner received a trophy from the Home Representative Club. It is with great excitement to announce the 2014 Home Representative Club Wilson Elementary President's Day Coloring Contest winners are:

1st Grade:
Directors Choice Award: Addison Bearden-Willett
3rd Place: Emily Lor
2nd Place: Taybri Tucker
1st Place: Cameron Wells

2nd Grade:
Directors Choice Award: Matthew Saldivar
3rd Place: Cable Golden
2nd Place: Lauren Grogg
1st Place: Sophia Roberts

Congratulations to all!

Submitted By: Rusti Howard and Carolyn Brinkley

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CHS Tennis To McAlester Monday

The following CHS tennis players will represent Collinsville Monday March 3rd at the McAlester Tournament:

Taylor Townsend
Nicole Clymer
Cori Ingram
Laishen Her
Sonia Rivera
Ravyn Murphy

William Reynolds
Nick Stavros
Zac Pasco
Colton Conover
Jeremy Arnold
Ethan Pendergrass

Michelle & Robert Sparks

Senate Review by Sen. Rick Brinkley
(State Employee Pensions)

February 24, 2014


The full Senate this week acted quickly in approving my proposal to establish a modern pension system for the next generation of state employees. I was pleased to see the measure approved by a broad, majority vote.

An important feature of our transition to a modern pension system for future state employees is portability. We want employees to be able to take their plan with them if they choose to leave state service. Under the current pension system, state employees that do not work in state service long enough to vest cannot receive a state retirement benefit when they become eligible. Eight years of credited service are required for a state employee to vest.

In other words, current state employees can work in state service for more than seven years, and lose their retirement contribution if they choose to leave state service before vesting. This is simply unfair. A modern system will guarantee that employees can take their retirement plan with them if they choose to leave.

In addition, our plan will allow the next generation of employees to take advantage of the power of markets to achieve greater returns on their retirement contributions. This will be a valuable recruiting tool for state government, and will enable us to make greater progress in paying down our $11 billion unfunded pension liability.

It is important to note that this proposal would not impact the Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System (OTRS), which is a completely different retirement system, administered by its own state agency.

Please feel free to contact me at the state Capitol by calling (405) 521-5566 or by email at


Contact: Senator Rick Brinkley
State Capitol: (405) 521-5566
Senate Review by Sen. Rick Brinkley

CHS Track Pie Auction is Tuesday
March 4th -- 6:30pm at CHS