News Headlines - April 16

Motion to withdraw Holland's resignation is denied

A crowd packed into Ardmore high School’s cafeteria got an announcement last night that they had hoped would have come out differently.

During a special school board meeting, the board voted unanimously to uphold the resignation of principal Kim Holland.

Holland submitted his resignation in writing earlier this year citing a difference in ideals with the current administration. That resignation was acknowledged in March, but he recently asked if he could have his resignation withdrawn along with a petition that more than 1000 people signed to allow the possible withdrawing on yesterday’s agenda.

Superintendant Sonny Bates explained that because the school is an equal opportunity employer, it’s better to follow the policy that is already in place.

KXII quoted him as saying “There is a process. Rescission is not the process.”

Many parents and fellow teachers spoke in favor of Holland, saying he has been a great influence on the students and his co-workers since he came to work, and that a policy that does not allow rescission is a bad one.

Holland can reapply for the job when the position is officially open for applicants. His current resignation will be effective as of June 24th.

Exotic animal park in Wynnewood slapped with more violations

The G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood has again been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for multiple violations.

The OSHA confirmed yesterday that park owners owe thousands of dollars in penalties for citations issued on March 31st after an investigation that spanned nearly 4 months.

OSHA cited the zoo for failing to properly protect employees from wild animals, as well as potentially harmful chemicals.

Joe Schriebvogel, owner, director and caretaker of the animals, says they have been following USDA regulations for 15 years. They are the ones who dictated how the animals cages had to be built and how to protect the animals and train employees.

Now, he says they will do their best to comply with another government agency by Friday.

Jay Fox