Budget cuts to force layoffs, campus to close at Achille Schools

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

ACHILLE, OK - Achille Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Charles Caughern, Jr., confirmed Wednesday morning that Yuba Elementary will close at the end of this school year, and that six teacher positions will be eliminated.

The school, which is located east of Achille just off Highway 78, serves students pre-k through 6th grade. According to the district's website, Yuba Elementary School has 9 teachers. We're told the layoffs will not necessarily affect all teachers at Yuba, but instead there will be 6 positions laid off district-wide.

Dr. Caughern says those cuts will take affect at the end of this school year and the district will cut positions based on seniority and will only affect teaching positions.

As far as students at Yuba, there are 396 enrolled in the Achille School system. We're told the students at Yuba Elementary will be transferred to Achille Elementary School.

Dr. Caughern says the reason for the position cuts is that not enough students go to the school with the recent state budget cuts.


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  • by richard Location: achille on Apr 26, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    Achille government finances in 2002: * Charges - Solid Waste Management: $25,000 Sewerage: $20,000 All Other: $8,000 Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $0 * Construction - Water Utilities: $44,000 * Current Operations - Water Utilities: $80,000 Central Staff Services: $48,000 Regular Highways: $27,000 Solid Waste Management: $25,000 Fire Protection: $24,000 Police Protection: $24,000 Sewerage: $20,000 General - Other: $8,000 * General - Interest on Debt: $0 * Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $73,000 * Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $5,000 * Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $26,000 * Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $28,000 * Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $66,000 * Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Water Utilities: $7,000E
  • by Parent Location: Pittsburg County on Apr 23, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    For those of you who are concerned about Dr. Caughern. You are not alone. His brother is Supt in Haileyville school. He is the same way. I felt like you were talking about him. he is running that school to the ground also. They also have a Board of Education with no back bone! Must be a family thing.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Yuba on Apr 10, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    I started Yuba school in the 2nd grade and graduated Yuba High School. It is a tragedy that it is closing. My son went to school there. There are some teachers that need to be mentioned for their greatness. Mrs. Dunham is the most caring and understanding person I know. She always has an open door and a listening ear. If I ever had a concern she was always there for me. Mr. Terrell gave my son the respect any man would give another man. He gave my son interest outside the classroom. Not only was he a teacher but also an outstanding mentor. Mrs. Wade treated my son as her own. He always said that she was his mom in school. To Mrs. Dunham, Mr. Terrell and Mrs. Wade I personally want to Thank You for helping me make my son the person he is today. Mr and Mrs. Daley thank you for making me the person I am today. God Bless Yuba. Yuba Roadrunners forever in my heart.
  • by TAXPAYER Location: YUBA on Apr 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    It's a sad, sad day for all of the caring people of Albany, Kemp, and Yuba, and all the other communities that have been served by this fantastic school. It's more sad for those poor kids that will leave such a caring learning community only to be thrown into the trenches of Achille.............sad!!!
  • by indianschool Location: choctaw,county on Apr 9, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    we have to have an earth quake to get real help;
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 at 06:33 AM
    Very sad they have to do this.
  • by Concerned Parent Location: Yuba on Apr 9, 2010 at 04:30 AM
    It is very sad that our school superintendent can't even tell the truth with contacted by the news. There were a total of 19 jobs lost. However, we will have 3 principals and since one of the jobs lost is the school counsler we will have nothing to worry about because Caughern himself will counsel our kids..What a joke, he needs to worry about counseling his own first. The bad part is that the jobs that were lost were mostly high school Core circulum teachers. Who is going to teach our kids the basic's such as math, english, science, etc. I guess Caughern and his board will step in and teach our children everything they needed to know about being honest, respectable people. Yeah right!!!
  • by Willette Location: Kemp on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:08 PM
    I want to thank everyone who is working at Yuba and who has worked at Yuba for being part of this wonderful school. I want everyone to know that I only went to Yuba for 4 years and that in such short time in my life that the people at Yuba touched my life and you will always have a place in my heart and my family. We love ou all at YUBA!!!!!!!
  • by Willette Location: Kemp on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:01 PM
    I am very upset that Yuba is closing!To me it's like taking part of my family away! I have 3 kids and I have done everything I could do to make sure my kids could go to Yuba. I had to move at one point but I went so far as to buying a house in Kemp just to make sure that my youngest child could start his school years at Yuba. I knew my kids couldn't finish at Yuba but I wanted them to be able to go to Yuba as long as possible. Yuba offers more than any other school could. They offer LOVE, CARE, SUPPORT, UNDERSTANDING, and treat every child as their own. I too went to Yuba and have known most of the teachers for many years but there is two very important people I cherish, Mrs.Dunham and Mr.Terrell. They are the ones who have held this family together. You always here "our kids", well I'll tell you first hand that when these two people say "OUR KIDS" that's exactly what they mean! They know every kids name in the school and always has from day one. You can't find this in any other school.
  • by MARTHA Location: HENDRIX on Apr 8, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    ALL 3 OF MY KIDS WENT TO YUBA SCHOOL. I'M SAD TO SEE IT CLOSE. I HAVE A GRAND-DAUGHTER THAT'S GOING TO BE GOING TO PRE-K IN A FEW YRS. & WE WANTED HER TO GO TO YUBA SCHOOL. THE PRINCIPAL(MRS. DUNHAM) & ALL THE TEACHERS ARE WONDERFUL. THEY WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME & MY KIDS & GENUINELY CARED ABOUT THE STUDENTS & THEIR PARENTS. I WISH ALL OF THEM THE BEST & THEY WILL BE MISSED DEARLY.
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