Sperry Schools Cited for DEQ Violation

runoff_275Following a complaint alleging the operation of a construction project without proper water runoff controls in place, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) cited Sperry Public Schools for “Operating Without Proper Stormwater Controls”.

On June 9, the Bartlesville office of the DEQ sent local Representative Jeremy McKinney to inspect an area of cleared land in Osage County just east of Sperry Intermediate Elementary School.

The land, owned by Sperry Public Schools, is believed to be the proposed site of  a new track facility that was promised Sperry taxpayers prior to the passage of a 2010 school bond measure.

Upon inspection, McKinney determined that Sperry Public Schools was in apparent violation of DEQ regulations which state that operators of a construction project must develop and implement a Stormwater Protection Plan (SWP). According to DEQ regulations, operators must
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Once Mighty Football Pirates Suffer Embarrassing 61-0 Loss

scoreboard_300Recall the chant “We are the Pirates, the mighty, mighty Pirates”? A once proud high school football program is but a shadow of its former self.

During the 15 year tenure of Sperry head football coach Robert Park, the program has been mediocre at best. Despite having several teams with potential, the Pirates have never won a district football title while under Parks’ tutelage.

Last season, Parks’ Pirates were a dismal 1-9. Refusing to shoulder any of the blame for such a disappointing year, Park instead blamed youth and inexperience as factors for his teams poor performance last season.

Despite having coaching staff numbers that rival those seen on small college football sidelines, Parks teams of late simply do not measure up. While players and some coaches may come and go, the one mainstay for Pirate football is Robert Park.

This year, Sperry returns 14 seniors. Senior laden teams historically excel. Pirate fans are surely scratching their heads following last nights 61-0 beat down at the hands of the Adair Warriors. Good news for Pirate fans…there are a couple of cream puffs on the schedule this year.

Coach Park can no longer use youth and inexperience as excuses for losing. With added experience and all those seniors, why do we continue to lose? Perhaps Coach Park should look into the mirror for the answer.

 

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Our Tax Dollars at Work

No, it’s not nap time in kindergarten class.

Nor is this a sleep study in the science laboratory.

This is but one of the many perks afforded certain Sperry school employees.

It’s called “Nap Time on Work Time.”

Thankfully she decided against being an air traffic controller.

You would think Mr. Beagles would at least spring for a cot.


Note: Image taken by an anonymous student, posted on social media and captioned “My teacher”.

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School Cafeteria Inspections Reveal Violations

How safe are our schools cafeterias? Can we trust that they are clean and safe for our children?

Routine inspections by the Tulsa County Health Department reveal that over the past two school years Sperry Public Schools cafeterias have not only been serving up hot foods but health code violations as well.

Health Department inspections at the Sperry High School Food Court, Main Cafeteria and Sperry Intermediate School found health code violations ranging from improper sanitation of food preparation utensils to failure to protect against the entry of insects and rodents.

Health Department inspectors reported that some food preparation materials used by cafeteria personnel were so heavily worn that they were no longer cleanable and ordered that such materials be replaced.

In some instances, health inspectors issued a “follow-up” notice to school officials. The health department issues a follow-up notice when, after an inspection is complete, there still exits critical violations that cannot be corrected during the inspection. The offender must make the correction within 24 hours, indicate on an official form that the correction has been made, and return the form to the Health Department.

Other actions taken by health department inspectors reveal that Sperry Schools received numerous code violation “warnings”. Code violation warnings are issued as a firm reminder that if current conditions continue or occur on subsequent inspections that misdemeanor
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Parent Addresses School Cafeteria Concerns

letter_to_editorSUBJECT: PIRATE NUTRITIONAL PROGRAM
FROM: Concerned Pirate

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS of SPERRY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Did you know that Sperry Public Schools has signed a 5 YEAR contract with Sodexo Management Company to manage our school cafeterias?

The posted meal prices are not what you may be being currently charged! Even if it is, you were probably OVERCHARGED: AUGUST THROUGH MID OCTOBER. (Dates based on my personal experience may vary for you)

To verify whether you are being overcharged, YOU HAVE TO request a print out of charges from the main cafeteria, review it and submit a request for credit. School personnel aren’t telling you but, NO REQUEST, NO CREDIT!

Don’t let your child’s account reach the maximum allowed ($10.00) negative balance or your child will be served a cheese sandwich until paid. If the account isn’t being paid after a month they will
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