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 www.enidpublicschools.org/bondissue.
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