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Enid Public Schools E-Newsletter                               December 2015




Our Gift To You: Concerts, Programs & More!


Music will fill the air in our schools during the month of December! Parents and community members are invited to join us for concerts featuring our talented musicians and vocalists. From our youngest performers to our our high school stars, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy! See the schedule


Above: See and hear the EHS Select Choir perform We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Thank you to the City of Enid and the Enid Television Network for the video of these talented vocalists. See the video



More Classrooms, Improved Safety
& Security, Upgraded Technology


EPS Calls Bond Issue Election for February 9 


After more than 11 months of community-wide planning, Enid Public Schools will hold a bond issue election in February, asking voters to help address numerous district needs including classroom space, safety and security, technology and transportation.


Board of Education members approved resolutions Monday night calling for a February 9 election. The bond issue package represents the second phase of a long-term plan to ensure Enid students have the resources they need to be safe and successful.


“This is an exciting day for our community,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said. “Local residents have assisted with the development of this plan so that it meets the immediate needs of Enid students and helps us prepare for the future. We have listened to residents’ concerns and suggestions, and they have helped us make the plan better. We believe this proposal addresses the most critical issues for students – much-needed classroom space, improved technology, safer schools and more reliable, ADA-accessible transportation.”


During the course of the planning process, district officials made many revisions to the plan, including the reduction of athletic expenses by more than 35%. Instead, the district decided to invest more in instructional space and decrease the cost for local taxpayers.


The overall facility program was developed through a strategic planning process that included more than 1,000 points of feedback from the community.


The plan addresses critical needs in several areas, including:


  • Classroom additions at several sites – Adams, Garfield, Longfellow, Taft, Waller and Enid High School – to support student enrollment growth.

  • District-wide safety upgrades such as secure vestibules, parking lot lighting and visitor management systems.

  • District-wide technology, including 1:1 student access to digital devices, which will support digital textbooks.

  • Transportation to replace a portion of the aging bus fleet in order to provide safer and more reliable student transportation.


Additionally, an expansion project at Enid High School, where enrollment is expected to grow by 800 students in the next nine years, will include a gymnasium and fine arts center that will provide additional classroom space to accommodate the projected enrollment growth.


Bond issues are the only mechanism schools have to fund capital needs, and Enid currently ranks last among its peer districts for the amount spent on buildings per student. The bond issue would move Enid to third from the bottom, ahead of Muskogee and Sand Springs, but behind Jenks, Stillwater, Norman, Owasso, Yukon, Bartlesville, Mustang and Ponca City.


If approved, the bond issue is expected to cost homeowners who live in a $50,000 home about $2.73/month or a $100,000 home about $5.99/month.


For more information about the EPS bond issue, please visit



EPS Announces Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year Nominees


Enid Public Schools is proud to announce its 2015-16 Teacher of the Year nominees and its three Support Professional of the year finalists.

A winner in each category will be announced during the EPS Foundation Education Celebration this Wednesday, December 9 from 4:45-6 p.m. in the Administrative Services Center Boardroom, located at 500 S. Independence.



Teacher of the Year Finalists:


Debbie Decker — Pre-K — Carver Center
Amanda Ogle — 2nd Grade — Adams Elementary
Valerie Hardwidge-Hiett — 5th Grade — Coolidge Elementary
April Swinnea-Ogg — 5th Grade — Eisenhower Elementary
Jamie Aguilar — Kindergarten — Garfield Elementary
Lintha Niles —  4th Grade — Glenwood Elementary
Brooklyn Whitson — 3rd Grade — Hayes Elementary
Jami Lewis — 5th Grade — Hoover Elementary
Kris Dyche — 4th Grade — McKinley Elementary
Amy Skaggs — 5th Grade — Monroe Elementary
Bonnie Bryan — Kindergarten — Prairie View Elementary
Bridget Stovall  — Special Education — Taft Elementary
Heather Reames — Reading — Emerson Middle School
Adrian Gomez — Band — Longfellow Middle School
David Stogsdill — Science — Waller Middle School
Jennifer Burch — English — Enid High School
Kelli Irvin — English — Lincoln Academy



Support Professional of the Year Finalists:


Patsy Simunek Waller Cafeteria Manager

Steven Harwood Hayes Teacher Assistant

Tommy Fitzpatrick Carver Custodian



Learn more about the Teacher of the Year candidates


Learn more about the Support Professional of the Year candidates







Teacher Grants: Thanks EPS Foundation!


The EPS Foundation prize patrol surprised numerous teachers last month with more than $12,000 in grants for projects that will make our classrooms even better, more innovative environments for learners to grow. Grants are given away twice annually, and the community can support this wonderful organization by attending The Event in the spring and the Education Celebration in the fall. Donations and estate planning contributions also are accepted.


Above, Lori Leap, a counselor at Glenwood Elementary, accepts a grant from members of the Foundation Board of Directors.






Multi-Cultural Choir Spreads Cheer Across the State

Members of the Enid High School Multicultural Choir recently showcased their talents on the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol during Governor Mary Fallin's official tree dedication ceremony. The group, under the direction of Randy Johnson, continues to grow and receive community- and state-wide attention for their amazing vocals. Their performances bring joy to those who listen, and they also share their cultures with the audience. See the Video 





Waller Students "Wow" with Tedx Presentations


Waller Middle School hosted Oklahoma's first Tedx Youth Conference this weekend with help from dedicated teachers and staff members. The students presented on a number of topics for a live audience and their speeches will be available to an international audience online. Kudos to these students and amazing educators for their innovative work!  See the Waller Presentations




About Enid Public Schools
EPS is one of Oklahoma's fastest growing districts, serving more than 8,100 students in a supportive community of 50,000. The success of our schools has been featured in four national magazines since the fall of 2010. 

For more information about EPS, please visit

Contact: Amber Graham Fitzgerald, Director of HR & Communications