Welcome to Kingston Public Schools
A Message from the Superintendent
It’s about common sense
Greetings! I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break! We are very excited about the stretch run toward the end of the semester.
I continue to be impressed with the performance of our young people in so many areas. The boys basketball team reached the area semifinals, and the girls defeated the 9th ranked team in district for their first district championship in the recent past. The band is sending more students to state solo and ensemble contest than any other year in recent memory. The agriculture students made an outstanding showing at competitions this season, we have an academic all-stater, a Business Professional Association student qualified for nationals and we are experiencing success in all our extracurricular activities.
We are also very excited about what the spring holds. In addition to spring sports and other activities, we are preparing for end-of-instruction tests. Our students have made us very proud in the past, and I am fully confident they will continue their high level of achievement.
Many of you may have heard about the education rally this spring. I would like to share with you some of our objectives. While it’s true that a long overdue raise for teachers is part of our platform, there is much more to our cause than that. It’s not really about more money. It’s about a higher quality of education for our children. Because our rate of pay is so much lower than neighboring states, it makes it very difficult for us to retain and recruit current teachers but also encourage the best and the brightest kids into the education field. I personally know educators who have gone to Texas and earned significantly more money.
State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said a third-year apprentice manager at Chipotle Mexican Grill can earn $4,000 more than a teacher with a doctorate and 25 years of experience. That makes it tough for us to recruit the top students into the teaching field. .
It’s about common sense – common sense in testing, education funding and teacher salaries. I am fighting not to get teachers more money, but to ensure the highest quality education for our students here at Kingston Public Schools.
The rally is March 30. Any parents who wish to join us at the capital are welcome and encouraged to do so. Contact my office at 580-564-9033.
Again, thanks for all you do for our school district – parents and community members are very important to our efforts, and we appreciate you very much.
Superintendent Ron Whipkey