January 16, 2024, Board Meeting Notes:


All board members were present.


No public participation.


Zonda Education - Demographic Study Update

Rocky Gardiner presented district growth projections using multiple data sources. Review the Zonda presentation.

Stephen L. Smith Corp. - Bond Financial Presentation

Jordan Smith provided a comprehensive plan for the 2024 Bond Resolution.

Dr. Eichelberger reviewed the project selection process. This process started with a meeting with the Superintendent's Advisory Council - a group of community members and parents. This group collaborated to select projects they deemed most important for the students of Piedmont Schools. The district then used this information to develop a survey for our school community. This survey provided insight on what our school community finds most important as our district grows.

Additional discussion following the presentation included ideal timelines and items on the bond resolution.

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Lingo Construction - Construction Presentation

Stan and Jacob Lingo presented "What is Construction Management?" The presentation included the many benefits of using a construction management company as opposed to a design/bid/build process, which is what the district has used in the past. There was discussion regarding legality, accountability, the bidding process, fee structures, and more from the board.

Center for Education Communication - Bond Marketing Services

Kathleen Kennedy presented "Winning Student Investment Campaigns" to the board. This presentation included the process of using her services and how the Center for Communication and Engagement can assist school districts in passing a bond issue. 

Dr. Eichelberger emphasized the importance of passing the bond in 2024 due to our increasing student population. He continued by stating how working with an expert with a proven track record for passing bonds would be ideal.


Dr. Eichelberger highlighted a few points in the district and school site updates provided to the board.


A. The board skipped business item A "Discuss and take possible action, in the absence of the President and/or Clerk, to appoint an acting President and/or acting Clerk for the School District to execute any and all documents pertaining to the calling of a special election to authorize general obligation bonds." 

This was not needed, as both the BOE President and Clerk were in attendance.

B. The board unanimously approved the resolution authorizing the calling and holding of a special election to be held in the Piedmont School District to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds.

C. The board discussed an Agreement between the Owner and the Architect with The Stacy Group, Inc. for architectural services for the 2024 Bond Program, subject to review and approval by the District’s legal counsel. Dr. Eichelberger confirmed this has been approved by the legal counsel. Derek Jones motioned to approve. The board unanimously approved the motion.


All items on the consent agenda were unanimously approved. Katie Cornman asked what we do with items once we declare them obsolete. (item H. Declaration of Obsolete/Surplus Items) Those items can be resold if possible or disposed of.


The board did not convene into executive session.


The board voted to approve employment as listed on Attachment C.


There was no new business.


Dr. Eichelberger shared his thoughts on how the upcoming bond will play a crucial role in the future of our school district. He thanked the board of education for their passion and dedication in light of January being School Board Appreciation Month. He acknowledged Theresa Griffin, teacher at Piedmont Intermediate, for her work in building positive relationships with students. Additional notes are in the Piedmont Focus newsletter. 


The board convened into executive session to discuss the appointment of an individual and/or interview candidates for vacant school board ward #3. 25 O.S. § 307(B)(1) and 70 O.S. § 5-118.

The board returned to open session at 10:06 p.m. to discuss the appointment of an individual and/or interview candidates for vacant school board ward #3. 25 O.S. § 307(B)(1) and 70 O.S. § 5-118.

No action was taken.


Steven Cox motioned to appoint Jerrod Moser to vacant school board ward #3. The motion was unanimously approved.


The meeting adjourned at 10:08 p.m.

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