Welcome to Kingston Public Schools
A Message from the Superintendent
For my first Superintendent’s Message, I thought I would talk a little about goals and objectives, and maybe touch on some statewide changes on the horizon.
In my first year as Superintendent, I am blessed to be stepping into a situation in which things are on the right track. We are very fortunate to already be heading in the right direction, and we want to continue to improve and grow on that success.
I have always been a believer in the old philosophy that, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That doesn’t mean we don’t want to keep looking for ways to get better. It just means there probably won’t be a lot of broad, sweeping changes.
The successes we have enjoyed in recent years academically, including our students' performance on state tests, college entrance exams and in the classroom, have been remarkable. This is due to hard-working students, dedicated teachers and principals, and parents who place a priority on education, and push their children to excel.
Now is a time of uncertainty on the statewide education scene. Changes have come about quickly and abruptly, and still more change is on the horizon, ushering in a wave of questions. How will the repeal of the Common Core state standards initiative and the return to PASS objectives affect our school district? How will the coming elections change the educational environment in Oklahoma? Will the current Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction be back for a second term or will the voters choose to move in a different direction? If so, what will be the philosophy of the new State Superintendent, and what will be the effect on Kingston Public Schools?
The short answer is this: whatever happens, we will be ready! We will do whatever we need to do to ensure that we continue to provide our students top-level instruction. We will stay on top of policy changes and philosophical shifts, and remain one step ahead.
And our students will be ready. We’ll make sure they’re prepared for college or the career paths they may choose when their time here is done.
While we’re proud of our performance on state mandated tests in recent years, we want our children to continue to excel in their extra-curricular activities. It’s not just about the test scores. Whether it’s band, vocal, sports, FFA or FCCLA — we want our young people to thrive no matter what endeavors they choose to pursue. In other words, we want to give them a complete education.
I am very excited about the opportunity to serve you as Superintendent at Kingston, and I am optimistic about the heights we can reach in future years. Let’s continue on our current path of excellence!