The budget for Frederick Public Schools has been finalized just in time for a new school year.
“There will be no cuts this year,” School Superintendent Shannon Vanderburg said. “The Legislature actually sent back most of our money, and that cut that we got in February, they just announced that that cut will not actually be taking place and will be returned to us some time in the next month or two.”
Vanderburg also said all of the open teaching positions have been filled.
“We’d hire one more for elementary if we could find one more,” Vanderburg said, “but we’ve got a strong staff.”
Vanderburg said his staff does well making their budget work when they aren’t sure what they’ll have available.
“We’re in good shape right now headed into this year,” Vanderburg said.
The school district will have a new food vendor beginning this school year. They have contracted with Keystone Food Service. Vanderburg said the company serves many districts in Oklahoma, including Tipton.
“I don’t think they’ve ever lost a school they’ve served,” Vanderburg said. “There will be salad bars at the schools now. It’s going to be quite different than what we’ve done before. I believe they said 80 percent of the food will be cooked from scratch. If they serve pulled pork sandwiches on Thursday, they’ll come in on Wednesday night and slow roast the pork all night. It’s going to be way different. It’s going to be a much better product for our kids and I am excited.
“I anticipate good things to come and we’re looking forward to getting started,” Vanderburg said.
The new school year begins Aug. 17.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.