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Getting to Know the Owasso Schools Board of Education

By EMILY RAMSEY

The Owasso Public Schools Board of Education is responsible for establishing the policies under which the district operates. The board must act within the framework of state and federal laws and still be responsible to the needs of the Owasso community.
The school board is made up of five members: Gail Ballinger, Brent England, Rhonda Mills, Frosty Turpen and Pat Vanatta.

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Owasso’s Wayne Jones Headed to Kansas State

By MIKE MOGUIN

There’s more than one Division-I college football player in Owasso’s secondary. You have Ohio State commit Josh Proctor and there is Wayne Jones (6-0, 195, senior), who is verbally committed to Kansas State and is another force to be reckoned with for the Rams.

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Owasso CARES Beautifies Neighborhoods

COMMUNITY PRIDE: The Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative (OSNI) coordinated its Owasso CARES (Community And Residents Encourage Service) 2017 Fall Day of Service on Sept. 23. Volunteers spent the morning painting fire hydrants in the Country Estates neighborhood, Hale Acres neighborhood, and Meadowcrest neighborhoods; trimming and cleaning out tree debris along the fence line and pond area near 116th Street North; trimming trees and brush debris along 114th Street North; and trimming trees along 76th Street North. OSNI currently has close to a dozen community programs, all with a focus on maintaining the quality of the city of Owasso and its neighborhoods.

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Owasso School Bond Vote: Oct. 10

By EMILY RAMSEY

On Oct. 10, Owasso Public Schools patrons will go to the polls regarding passage of the largest school bond issue to date: $57 million.

The bond issue, if passed, will include construction of a new elementary school, the addition of two safe rooms to existing schools, and technology and facility upgrades.
In the order of dollar amount, the bond issue items are:

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Josh Proctor Giving His All for Owasso Football Coach Blankenship

A new chapter begins in 2017 in Owasso football as a new coach takes the reins. And he’s no stranger to the area – Bill Blankenship, the former coach of the University of Tulsa and Union.

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Owasso Grad Hones Music Skills

COLLEGE CAMP: Owasso High School graduate Abby Simons spent a portion of her summer attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s eighth annual Marimba Camp on its Weatherford campus. The camp allowed students to gain an overview of the technical requirements and music potential of four-mallet marimba playing in a fun camp setting, noted SWOSU Music Department Chair and Professor Dr. David Bessinger.

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Owasso Grads Jordan Mitchell, Cole Neph Ready at TU

The Owasso Rams have two graduates on the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane roster this season, senior safety Jordan Mitchell and junior tight end redshirt transfer Cole Neph.

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Owasso All-Stater

ACADEMIC ACCOLADES: Jaya Chakka, a 2017 Academic All-Stater, is congratulated by best-selling author and historian H.W. Brands, left, and Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence trustee Robert Henry prior to the foundation’s 31st Academic Awards Banquet, held recently in Tulsa. Chakka, a 2017 Owasso High School graduate, was among 100 Oklahoma seniors who were honored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Chakka received a scholarship sponsored by Jari Askins. Brands served as keynote speaker at the banquet and Henry as emcee.

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Owasso Softball Gears Up for Season

By MIKE MOGUIN

Owasso hopes to reload and make another run at state as it gears for the 2017 fast-pitch softball season.

“We got quite a few good players coming back,” Lady Rams’ coach Shane Eicher says. “All of our pitching is coming back.”

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