By State Rep. JIM GREGO
I was pleased to see three students from our House District recently named to serve on State Supt. Joy Hofmeister’s Student Advisory Council. Allison Bond of McAlester, Morgan Francis of Wilburton and Alexandra Kasper of LeFlore all deserve a big congratulations for being recommended by their district superintendents to serve on this council.
This council is made up of 97 students from all across the state. They discuss their top concerns and give Supt. Hofmeister ideas for how to improve education better for students statewide. Hofmeister said the insight the students give her and their thoughtful reflection and fearless vision is valuable to her and really helps all students and educators in all schools. Again, congratulations to our district students. I look forward to hearing the fantastic ideas I know they’ll share with Supt. Hofmeister and the rest of the council.
On a much sadder note, one of my very best friends was laid to rest on Tuesday.
Frank Lawrence was a lifetime resident of Wilburton. In fact, he lived his entire life in the same house. Lawrence was not only my friend but my fifth-grade teacher and a longtime educator. He molded the lives of so many in our community. My prayers are certainly with his family during this time.
Meanwhile, at the state Capitol, we held our first duty of the 58th Legislature this week, meeting for Organizational Day, which is required by the state Constitution. We officially accepted our state election results and members of the state Legislature were formally seated – going from representative elect to just plain old representative. This also is a day when we formally elect our leadership for the current Legislature. Speaker Charles McCall of Atoka will serve us again as speaker, and Terry O’Donnell from Catoosa will be the new speaker pro tempore. These two have been in the House for eight years and have helped navigate the House through both good and hard times. I believe they will do a good job in leading us through these next two years.
As always, thank you for allowing me to serve you. Never hesitate to contact my office if we can be of assistance. I can be reached at Jim.Grego@okhouse.gov or (405) 557-7381.
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