Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent John Hunter told board members Thursday night that state budget cuts to the school will be 5.8 percent, which is about $8 million. Hunter said that is what higher education will get cut. Public schools, kindergarten through 12th grade, will get a 4.1 percent cut.

Representatives of Atlas General Contractors LLC and JHBR Architects told members of the Moore Norman Technology Center they will shortly begin to paint in area A of the new Information Technology Building. The inside is looking more like a finished building. The outside masonry and most of the windows are done and they are working on the stone veneer. The metal roof is on area A.

Work will begin on the health building in June to repair damage caused by flooding in February.

Employees contracts were renewed at Thursday’s meeting.

“This will complete the rehire for next year,” Superintendent John Hunter said.

Richard Dickerson also was hired as pre-engineering instructor. For the first time, Hunter said a teacher will teach off campus and will teach at Norman High School.

A $85,850 contract was reached with Energy Education Inc. for energy audits and education to help reduce energy consumption. Hunter said MNTC spends $700,000 a year on gas, electric and water and that the savings they could get with Energy Education could be 20 to 30 percent. He also said he had talked to at least a half dozen educators and they were pleased with the company and were saving the 20-30 percent.

“It does indeed work,” Hunter said.

Burst Communications will expand its scope of work for MNTC. The visual studio designer will buy and install equipment for the studio at a cost not to exceed $945,000.

Quotes will be solicited for furniture for the classrooms, teachers’ rooms and conference rooms in the ground floor of the new Information Technology Center. Lockers for the Information Building will be bought from YI Specialties Inc. for $23,950.

Roger Adair, MNTC; Dan Snell, Norman Public Schools; Nancy McKay, Jenks Public Schools; Ann Wade; were re-elected to the Board of directors of the Oklahoma Public School Investment Interlocal Cooperative.

The board oversees money that schools pool to get more interest.

Peggy Laizure

peggy@mooreamerican.com

366-3545

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