E. B. Thompson

State virtual school board votes to begin the process to terminate Epic’s contract amid recent controversy

October 14, 2020

Epic Superintendent, Bart Banfield, sent an email to parents immediately following the meeting, assuring them that the school would continue to operate as usual for the remainder of the year.

SPS to plan virtual learning test day, school board president lauds administration for managing pandemic complications with limited budget

October 13, 2020

The Sapulpa Board of Education approved a handful of changes to the “Return to Learn” plan, as well as a “virtual practice day” after Fall Break. Details inside.

State department of education gives Epic 60 days to pay back $11.2 million to state after scathing audit’s release

October 12, 2020

The Oklahoma State Department of Education held a special meeting on Monday, October 12 to address the audit report of Epic Charter Schools released October 1 by State Auditor & Inspector (SA&I) Cindy Byrd.

Sapulpa City Council votes to change sewer rate structure for apartments

October 9, 2020

The long-discussed change goes into effect in 2021. Plus, three more medical-marijuana facilities are approved.

Sheriff’s office employees receive statewide awards, board approves RFID tracking system for county jail inmates

October 8, 2020

Sheriff Bret Bowling credited these outstanding recipients who were chosen from all 77 Oklahoma counties.

State auditor accuses Epic of potentially-fraudulent practices in half-billion dollars in government funds; Epic says the auditor has an agenda

October 5, 2020

State auditor and inspector (SA&I) Cindy Byrd released the first of a two-part report of an audit done on Epic Charter Schools on Thursday. The special investigative audit came after a six-year investigation into the organization and their accounting practices and concluded that millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in the form of government appropriations […]

Progress made in county’s 911 feasibility study; emergency resolutions at courthouse to continue for another week

October 1, 2020

County Commissioners discussed the results of a recent 911 feasibility study, formally approved a CIRB plan for the county, and continued the emergency procedures in place at the courthouse for another week.

Sapulpa Schools will no longer penalize students who fail a drug test but have a medical marijuana card

September 22, 2020

To be clear, it is still against school policy for any student to use, sell, be under the influence of, or be in possession of marijuana on school premises or at school-related activities.

Roughly 25% of Sapulpa Public Schools students are virtual

September 22, 2020

Assistant Superintendent says Sapulpa Schools is “light years ahead” on virtual learning.

Local community theatre’s new production a welcome respite from recent events

September 15, 2020

The Sapulpa Community Theatre opened their latest show last weekend with amended procedures to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. You can still catch the show this weekend if you call or click to reserve tickets.