Captain Chapman... Joseph Chapman is sworn in as police captain for the Oak Grove Police Department Monday night by Cathy Smith, city clerk.
New police captain sworn in at Board of Aldermen meeting
The Oak Grove Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night was dominated by the swearing-in of Joseph Chapman as police captain.
Police Chief Bryon Price said the department had searched for a captain for a few months before selecting Chapman.
Price said Chapman was with the Kansas City Police Department for 32 years as a captain, sergeant, officer and detective.
"He's had many opportunities to gain management and leadership training," Price said.
Three police officers and several family members attended the swearing-in.
"Welcome to Oak Grove, Captain," Mayor Mark Fulks said after the ceremony. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
School calendar adjusted for missed snow days
An "if this, then this" discussion characterized the February 24 meeting of the Oak Grove R-6 Board of Education meeting when addressing the issue of snow make-up days. A tentative approval of adjustment to the 2013-14 school calendar remains in effect even with Monday's cancellation, according to Freddie Doherty, superintendent.
Doherty had anticipated the possibility of additional snow days and had prepared several options for the board to consider.
Doherty, contacted Monday, provided the current plan.
School will be in session March 12, 13 and early release on March 14, with the afternoon scheduled for teacher professional development.
School will not be in session March 17. School will be in session April 21. May 2 will be an early release for students, with teachers remaining for professional development.
Full day of classes will be held May 19, 20, and 21, with early release on May 22 and 23. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Instructors perform... Jon West and Charity Johnson, Oak Grove vocal music instructors, perform Say Something at the first Coffee House Review Friday at Oak Grove Middle School commons. See more photos on page 10A of Focus on Oak Grove.
"Coffee House Review" performed Friday
by OGHS choir department
The first-ever Oak Grove High School Choir Booster-sponsored "Coffee House Review" was held Friday in the Oak Grove Middle School commons area.
While the audience and guests enjoyed homemade desserts, coffee and hot chocolate, the high school choir department provided entertainment in a relaxed "coffee house" style.
All desserts, beverages and paper supplies were donated to the Choir Boosters from parents, friends and area businesses. The only expense the Boosters incurred was a few dollars to provide decorations.
Mindy Pollock, Choir Booster president, said she felt the evening was a huge success.
The evening's entertainment included a wide variety of musical styles showcasing singers, piano and guitar players and even a ukulele player. Two songs were in foreign languages. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.