Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze
Bartlesville Fire Department Public Information Officer Bill Hollander said firefighters made short work of a structure fire Tuesday afternoon.
“Around 1:45 p.m., firefighters got a call of a garage with smoke coming out of it in the 1600 block of Keeler,” he said. “Upon arrival they found a detached garage on fire.”
He said firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and save part of the garage.
“We tried to get this out quickly because of the high winds. The firefighters did a great job getting this stopped,” he said.
“The cause is still under investigation.”
— Tim Hudson
Board will back teacher walkout
OKLAHOMA CITY (TNS) — The Oklahoma City School Board and the district’s acting superintendent are backing teachers considering a strike in protest of low pay and inadequate school funding.
Acting Superintendent Rebecca Kaye, speaking Tuesday at Pierce Elementary School, said the school board made a “very bold statement” the night before by unanimously approving a resolution supporting teachers.
“We will support the voices of our teachers and we will support our teachers in what they need to do to advocate for themselves at the Capitol,” Kaye said. “Our teachers don’t make enough money to take care of their families and something has to change.
“At this point I really believe our teachers don’t know what else to do. I am hopeful that our community is going to come together to take care of our kids if it comes to the point that our teachers feel like they have to walk out in order to convince the Legislature to do the right thing and fund public education in our state.”
The resolution offers “full support of our teachers and stands ready to take any steps necessary to improve conditions for our teachers — including a districtwide suspension of classes.”
In the resolution, the board “urges the Oklahoma State Legislature to work urgently on behalf of the children and families in our state to take swift and meaningful action to develop a viable plan to pay teachers the professional salaries they deserve.”
— The Oklahoman