SPS Board of Education appoints Skyline principal

Skyline Elementary Assistant Principal Natalie Fluty was named the schools next principal during a special meeting Tuesday evening ahead of the Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting.

“I am thrilled to serve Skyline students, staff and families and I look forward to continuing to build positive relationships with our community,” Fluty said in a press release.

Fluty – who earned a special education bachelors from Northeastern State University and an educational leadership master’s at Oklahoma State University – started at SPS in 2002.

She has worked at Skyline as a special education and third grade teacher before becoming assistant principal.

“I have always had a passion working with kids,” Fluty said in a press release. “I have worked with children with unique needs, starting at age 15. My goal was to be an advocate for children.”

Board members expressed their appreciation to faculty and staff who have been busy helping children and parents during recent schedule pickup and enrollment verification days at sites throughout the district.

The district’s sale of the old Highland Park Elementary property on South Stallard Street to MPower closed Monday.

Board President Debbie Vincent said she is a little sad to loose the property but excited to be moving forward.

The facility had been used for professional development.

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Cathy Walker said the district will now use their property on the corner of U.S. Highway 177 and Richmond Road for professional development of 35 or fewer people.

For larger group training, Walker said they are looking at all their options.

The board was also updated on the 2017 bond projects for the new $26 million Westwood Elementary and the $5 million expansion and renovation to Sangre Ridge Elementary.

Bob Schaefer, of Selser Schaefer Architects, said the design review committees for the projects met for a second time and that everything is moving forward.

Schaefer expressed excitement that students will get to learn about construction.

Schaefer also offered an update on the $1.5 million Agriculture Facility Expansion Project, which is the last project to be completed from the 2011 bond.

All the slabs have been poured and the pre-engineered buildings are expected to arrive Wednesday, Schaefer said.

The barn will be the first building to go up so they can start masonry work on the inside, Schaefer said.

He did not commit to a completion date, but did say the construction crew has a plan in place to build the facility quickly.

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