Student Leader Proposes Water Bottle Filling Station To Board

Chelsey Hughes Presents to the board
Senior Chelsey Hughes presents a plan to place new water filling stations to the Board of Education

Student leader Chelsey Hughes presented a proposal to the Board of Education during their regular monthly meeting for the District to replace several of the drinking fountains in the High School with new, “water filling stations” in an effort to help improve the school’s environmental impact by reducing the number of plastic bottles destined for landfills.

The system Ms. Hughes advocated for would allow students and staff to refill any type of personal sized water bottle, which would reduce the number of single use containers being placed into the trash. “It is a fact that plastic water bottles can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose. By purchasing water bottles on the daily we are not only hurting our pockets but also the environment” she said in her written statement she presented.  Additionally, she stated, “In the last couple of years Cleveland has been through many upgrades to make the school a brighter and friendlier place.  Upgrading the water fountains would just add to that new and improved look”.

Dr. Espolt commended her for taking the initiative to make Cleveland a better place and being a part of the solution.  Through the board’s approval of the consent agenda, the money was approved to purchase the new water fountains and we look forward to the improved offerings very soon.

Thank you Chelsey!


An example of a proposed drinking and bottle refill station
An example of a proposed drinking and bottle refill station


Flu Shots Available

Cleveland Public School is once again offering flu vaccination for students and parents to help improve the chances of avoiding a large number of flu cases this year. If you would like for your student,  to receive the flu shot, or one of the others listed, please download and complete the appropriate forms.  Forms can be returned to the school any time prior to the time the students are scheduled to have an opportunity to get the shot.  Participation in this program is voluntary.

Student Release Form

Non-Student Release Form


October 22, 2018

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM ~ Primary and Middle School

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM ~ Intermediate and High School

Summer Food Service Program

We will be providing food services for breakfast and lunch this summer!

Dates are from May 15th to June 30th / Monday ~ Thursday

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Lunch will be served from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Kids 18 and younger eat free and do not have to be enrolled at CPS.

Adults – Breakfast = $2.25  /  Lunch = $4.00

School Closed April 3-4, 2018

Due to the significant amount of teachers who were planning on being out tomorrow, and with no end in sight of the lobbying efforts at the capital, Cleveland Public Schools is enacting the original plan to be out through Wednesday, April 4th.  This plan was board approved during a special board meeting on March, 26th.

Important Items:

  1. Breakfast (8:00 – 9:00 AM) and Lunch (11:30 AM -12:15 PM) for all school-aged children will be served at the Middle School
  2. All extra-curricular activities will take place.
  3. The ACT Test for Juniors and any other registered student will still be offered at the Event Center.  Report to the High School by 8:15.  Be sure to bring a NO. 2 pencil and an approved model of calculator!
    NOTE 1:  We do have some calculators available to use during the test.   But if you have one available that meets the requirements and you are familiar with its operations then you should bring it.
    NOTE 2:  If you can not make this test date you WILL be able to take it on the make up day, April 24th.  This is, however, the only other date to take the test and as a reminder, taking this test is a requirement as it is a part of state testing.

    The district sincerely regrets the inconvenience this has caused our stakeholders and apologizes for the hardships that are a result.

School in session April 2nd

Late Thursday Afternoon, March 29, 2018,  Governor Fallin signed House Bill 1010XX into law.  Because this first step toward improving the financial situation of Oklahoma education and its’ employees have been passed, Cleveland Public Schools will be in session April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th as regularly scheduled.

CPS would like to thank the Oklahoma State Legislature for supporting this initial step toward improving education funding.  We are extremely encouraged by this show of support and understand that there is still much work to be done to restore funding levels.  CPS would also like to thank our community for their support, our teachers and staff for their dedication during this time, and our students for always staying focused on their future.

Cleveland Public School Press Release

Press release from the Governor.  

Information regarding House Bill 1010XX


Oklahoma Education Funding and Our Plan

On March 26th, 2018 the Board of Education voted unanimously to suspend school on April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to support teachers and students in supporting a call to increase funding for Oklahoma education. We assure you this decision was not made hastily, only after extensive review by the board. There is a link to the presentation exhibited to the board by Superintendent Aaron Espolt at the bottom of this post containing information regarding education funding at the state and local level.

During this same evening, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed revenue bill 79-19. From the press information being released (CCOSA and OSSBA), it will give an average $6,000 teacher raise, over $1,200 support staff raise, and operational expenses. This can always change as it goes through the political process, but this is what we know as of now. The bills will next be heard in the Oklahoma Senate as the Legislators push to get it done before April 2nd. If the bills related to school funding pass and the Governor signs the legislation prior to March 30th, 2018, we will not suspend school in April and we will follow the school calendar as it is now.

If these funding bills do not pass, we will suspend school starting on April 2nd through April 4th. It will be a three-day suspension. After the three days, there will be a rolling delegation of staff allowed to go to the capital on behalf of the district to promote increased funding for Oklahoma education.

These three days off will need to be made up. To do this, we will use the two remaining snow days from the school calendar scheduled for April 13th and 27th which will extend the year to go to school on Friday, May 11th. This will still conclude school prior to graduation on Saturday, May 12th.

If we are shut down for three days:

1) We will still provide child nutrition services for all students at the Middle School during the suspension. Breakfast will still be offered from 7:30 to 9:00 AM and Lunch will be available from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

2) We will still hold to the schedule for extra-curricular activities. Practice times could be impacted. Coaches and Sponsors will let students know directly of those changes.

3) The ACT test will still be offered to all Juniors and Seniors who are interested on April 3rd. Breakfast and Lunch will be available at the High School for test takers.

We are making one change regardless of if we are out or not for these three days. PreK and Kindergarten enrollment will be on Thursday, April 5th and 6th, as well as April 9th and 10th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM At the Primary School.

More information will follow as the need arises.

Board Presentation Slide Show

School Back in session 1/17/2018

Class will be back in session January 17th, 2018!  We do ask, if you have a student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, that you keep them home and contact their school.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

For More information, please visit the CDC website concerning the flu.

No School 1/16/2018

Due to the high number of confirmed flu cases in our elementary building and the prediction of hazardously cold weather conditions, Cleveland Public Schools will be closed, January 16, 2018. The district will use this time to continue to deep clean our classrooms, cafeterias and buses. However, if your student is showing flu symptoms at any time, we ask you please keep them home to help us keep the virus from spreading.

All extra-curricular activities are canceled 1/16/2018 also.

Thank you and please stay safe.

Aaron Espolt

Primary Drop Off Temporary Change

Due to construction issues, morning drop off at the Primary School is being temporarily changed for Monday morning, November 27th only,

Parents will be directed to enter off Gilbert as usual and move west using the road between the primary and middle school. Drop off of students will happen at the West end of the road at the awning.  School officials and city police will be on site to help direct traffic.

Please do not drop off at the main entrance. If you enter the Primary school parking lot, you will not be able to exit until after the morning drop off has been completed after 8:15 AM.

Afternoon car line procedures will not be affected.

Graduation Time Is Set!

As the district attempted to find a time that works for graduation, many different factors became involved in making the decision. We understood we were not going to be able to meet everyone’s needs, so we appreciate the suggestion by Project Graduation to survey our stakeholders and go with what works for the majority.

We had almost 300 responses and the winning time was 7:00 pm.  We thank all of you who took the time to vote and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Event Center on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 to wish our Graduates the very best as they start on their new journeys.

The survey results are shown below:

2018 graduation time results showing seven pm as the ceremony start time