Meeker schools host open house tonight

MEEKER I Barone Middle School, Meeker High School and the administration building will be open today from 4 to 8 p.m. to allow students and parents to see the new classroom arrangements.Less than a month ago, Meeker Elementary School was closed due to safety concerns. Administration offices have been relocated to the basement of St. James’ Richards Hall, allowing the preschool, kindergarten and first-grade classes to take over the administration building.The second-, third- and fourth-graders will move into the top wing of the high school and the fifth-graders will go to Barone Middle School.“The staff really stepped up and things are pretty positive around the high school, or should I say high school slash elementary school,” high school Principal George Henderson said. Henderson said teachers would be in their classrooms during tonight’s open house from 4 to 8 p.m. “All three sites will be open,” said school board president Mary Strang.Strang, who has been on the school board since 1991 and president for the past 12 years, will run again for one of three seats up for election Nov. 1. Ed Coryell, who has served on the board since 1987, and Mindy Burke will also run as incumbents. Burke will be running for a second four-year team.Written notices of intent and nomination petitions were due Friday last. In addition to Strang, Coryell and Burke, Kurt Blunt, Marnell Bradfield and Todd Morris will be on the November ballot.