It’s only Friday, but next week is big so here’s a rundown of some highlights:
- ALUMNI PLANNING: Sunday at 1pm at the Community Center. It takes a lot of hands, ideas, calls, begging and imagination to plan big events. And this is a big one. Luther Alumni and friends are always welcome at this meeting. We’re talking parade, banquet, bands – maybe a dance. And getting alumni to come (you know who you are!) They need sponsors and helpers and PARADE ENTRIES. Mostly they need everyone to SAVE THE DATE – LUTHER LION ALUMNI DAY IS MAY 7. The group meets about every other week on Sunday afternoon. The meeting is earlier this week (Sunday at 1pm at the Community Center) so we can get back to the TV for the Superbowl on Sunday night. Go Lions! (Panthers & Broncos)!
- ELECTION: The Luther School Board Election is Tuesday, Feb. 9. The latest article on candidates Jennifer Edmunson and Steve Broudy is here.
Before then, here are some ELECTION FACTS:
- Did you know? The Luther School District spans THREE counties: Oklahoma, Lincoln and Logan.
- How many voters? 3,008 according to the County Election Boards in each county. Breakdown: 2,662 in Oklahoma County; 226 voters in Logan County, and 120 in Lincoln County.
- When and where? The polls are open 7 am – 7 pm at about nine precincts in all three counties. Do you know your polling place? Or did you vote absentee? By the way, Logan County’s Election Secretary says early voting will include Saturday, Feb. 27 before the presidential primary on Tuesday, March 1.
- Who will vote? Oklahoma County Election Board Secretary Doug Sanderson says school board elections bring out a lower turnout typically between 8 – 15% of total registered voters. If he’s correct, that means less than 500 voters will fill out a ballot for this important election. However, the failed school bond election last October brought out 739 voters (635 votes were against). And the citizen petition drive to call for an audit of the schools garnered 351 valid voter signatures last November from the same pool of voters. Perhaps we enjoy our right to vote in these parts. With many elections this year- we’ll have a lot of opportunities to exercise this right.
- TOWN BOARD: While the election returns come in for the school board, the Luther Town Board will be holding its regular monthly meeting. Only two of the five town board members attended a free training last week sponsored by OMAG (insurance group) on training elected officials. Still, other town employees and citizens attended to hear the speakers say that elected town officials must get along, respect each other and be professional. Easy! Luther town has a difficult path ahead with challenges to modernize water and sewer systems and to attract more business (not necessarily Walmart!) to the area to help support the infrastructure and grow. Step one, the training indicated, get along.
- The Town Board wants to hear from the Police Chief at Tuesday’s meeting. The trustees voted at the January meeting to require the Police Department to submit a monthly report of its calls and activities after they did not receive such a report that night. It did not, however, take board action to get Fire Chief Jason Miller and Town Clerk Laura McCuddy to share their informative reports as requested. All three reports: police, fire and town are expected to be on this agenda, along with a new agenda item, public comments (two minute limit from town residents).
- By the way, the town has a new website. Check it out and sign up to receive information if you don’t want to read all about it here.
- That just gets us through Tuesday, and it will already have been a full week. Look for a story soon about college intent signing for Luther Lions Stand-Outs Maurice Wright and Dewayne Rhoads.