NEWS
SALES TAX REVENUE
Payoff for Piedmont Oklahoma Tax Commission check helps general fund revenue

By Tim Farley, News Editor

Piedmont’s sales tax revenue jumped 9 percent in August compared to a year ago. The hike in collections has been attributed, in part, to sales taxes collected by Amazon, according to Piedmont City Manager Jason Orr. “That (Amazon) has increased our sales tax $6,000 to $8,000 the last couple of months, so that’s good,” he said. “I hope that trend continues and I think it will with Amazon.” Orr is hoping the extra money can be applied to fixing Piedmont streets, which is a part of the city’s infrastructure that is constantly criticized for large pot holes. Councilmen recently put together a priority list of streets that needs immediate attention.
STEM TEACHER

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher Jamie Tate and his students use wood, power tools,  drill presses and data acquisition technology to construct projects such as a water filtration system, earthquake-proof building and a laser perimeter system. (Photo by Mindy Ragan Wood)

GOLD STAR SCHOOL
Canadian Valley Tech Center tapped as Gold Star school EL RENO – For the seventh consecutive year and 15th time in school history, Canadian Valley Technology Center has been recognized as a Gold Star School by the Oklahoma Association of Technology Centers. The award is the highest honor bestowed on a technology center and is awarded each year. Gold Star criteria includes demonstrated excellence in completion rate, placement rate and capacity. An award presentation was made recently during the annual Career Tech summer conference in Oklahoma City.
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Piedmont grad shines at Yukon as STEM teacher

By Mindy Ragan Wood, Staff Writer

A former Piedmont High School graduate is teaching at Yukon High School despite low teacher pay and record low education funding. Jamie Tate, 25, is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher who was emergency and alternatively certified last year. He was named Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2016. At first glance, people mistake the young teacher for a student.

Canadian Valley Technology Center’s teachers of the year accepted this year’s Gold Star Trophy Award at the recent Career Tech summer conference in Oklahoma City. Pictured (from left) are Pam Roberts, Practical Nursing, Chickasha Campus; Marc Belew, Precision Machining, El Reno Campus; and Connie Garner, Accounting and Business Education, Earl Cowan Campus. (Submitted Photo)