The Pryor Times

November 10, 2013

Pryor Schools mission unchanged

Staff Writer
Susan Wagoner

PRYOR, OK — In the wake of the controversy over the State of Oklahoma’s school grading system, Pryor’s Superintendent Don Raleigh plans to keep the mission unchanged.

“Our focus remains. We just ask them to get us back to 2007 pre-recession funding,” Raleigh said, adding that funds are down nearly $200 milion since the recession began. “It’s going to be a challenge going forward.”

Raleigh said the district has been frugal, filling in the budget gaps with federal grant monies, but things have changed.

“There is no more federal money, so things we’ve managed to avoid are going to have to be dealt with,” Raleigh said.

Federal grant money dried up as a result of the sequestration that occurred in Washington D.C. earlier in the year.

With many other things to face, Raleigh said the focus will remain on the students.

“We will continue to educate and help these kids get ready for the future and we will be held accountable for that,” Raleigh said, adding that a grading scale won’t change the focus.

“Just get us back our funding. Get us back to where we were,” Raleigh said. “We’ll be fine.”