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State suspends school, McVay says plan in place to feed students during break

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Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the El Reno Public School System is “hoping for the best but planning for the worst,” said Superintendent Craig McVay.

On Monday, as McVay waited for word that the State Department of Education would close all public schools at least until April 6, he said the health issue is by far the most talked about topic.

“It’s coronavirus, wall-to-wall,” McVay said.

Cities across the state and the nation have been scrambling to figure out how to best prevent the spread of the disease.

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COVID-19: A state of unrest

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El Reno Mayor and Acting City Manager Matt White took to Facebook Monday afternoon to let citizens know a “state of emergency” has been declared in response to the coronavirus.

White said the Carnegie Library will remain open, but no meetings will be held there. He said the Senior Citizens Center would be closed for a week.

“We’ll take this week-by-week,” White said.

White said water cutoffs for lack of payment would be suspended and municipal court would also be suspended along with any public meetings at City Hall.

Public Records - March 15

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MUNICIPAL COURT

Alyssa Rae Silver, Buffalo, failure to appear warrant, $295.

Brandon Earl Fisher, El Reno, failure to appear warrant, $295.

Brittany Akins-Trejo, El Reno, failure to appear warrant, $295.

Graham Avery Kerley, El Reno, petit larceny, $595.

Jennifer L. Timberlake, Oklahoma City, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and failure to appear warrant, $1,145.

Kevin James-John Boyd, Warr Acres, improper equipment, $105.

Alex Trey Karty-Sealy, El Reno, improper equipment, $105.

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Lagaly named assistant city manager

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Tuesday evening, Fire Chief Kent Lagaly provided a letter to the El Reno City Council announcing his plans to retire from the position he has held for 18 years. The letter said Lagaly’s retirement would be effective March 31. By Wednesday afternoon, Mayor and Acting City Manager Matt White announced Lagaly has agreed to serve as assistant city manager.