Superintendent: Changes throughout GPS resulting in positive outcomes

Superintendent: Changes throughout GPS resulting in positive outcomes

To say we have undergone some changes with Guthrie Public Schools this fall would be a drastic understatement. We changed the configuration of our elementary education delivery for Pre-K through fourth graders from grade centers (all students of each grade attend school in the same place) to attendance zones based on where you live. Additionally […]

Superintendent: School security has seen significant changes at GPS

Superintendent: School security has seen significant changes at GPS

I had originally reserved this column for commentary on what I hoped would be a fully funded pay raise so desperately needed for our teachers. After last Monday, it appears the political gridlock that has become our state government will continue. It appears such gridlock has become business as usual in our state. I had […]

Superintendent: Your child’s test results will look somewhat different than anything from the past

Superintendent: Your child’s test results will look somewhat different than anything from the past

In the next few days, parents of our students will receive a sheet of paper listing test results for their child.  The results are from the mandatory Oklahoma School Testing Program assessments administered last spring.  Given in grades 3-8 and 10, these tests measured knowledge and skills from the new and comprehensive Oklahoma Academic Standards, […]

Supt. Column: “We sell cookie dough so we can afford field trips for our students”

Supt. Column: “We sell cookie dough so we can afford field trips for our students”

Normally, I try to write a column each month about issues significant with education in our community.  You may have noticed that I skipped last month.  I was waiting and hoping for some resolution from our state legislature which has been in special session since September 25th.  Sadly, we continue to wait as government gridlock […]

Video: Meridian Technology Center purchases land in Guthrie for future campus

Meridian Technology Center employees and Guthrie community leaders gather to celebrate the purchase of a 20-acre site that will serve as a future Guthrie campus.

Video: Meridian Technology Center purchases land in Guthrie for future campus

The Meridian Technology Center Board of Education has purchased property that will serve as a future campus in Guthrie and expand services to residents in the southern part of its district. The 20-acre site will be home to a future expansion of the school’s Stillwater campus. “Meridian Technology Center has a long history of working […]

Superintendent: Relationships much more important than any material good

Superintendent: Relationships much more important than any material good

Since coming to Guthrie in 2012, I’ve learned to appreciate the vastness of the Bluejay Nation. Also, with improved travel, internet and social media, the world today is much smaller than the world of generations past. I continue to be reminded of this through occasions where people I’ve known for many years also have a Guthrie connection.  

Often we don’t see our own treasures until they are recognized by others

Superintendent of Guthrie Public Schools Dr. Mike Simpson shares his monthly column.

Often we don’t see our own treasures until they are recognized by others

When I think of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving has always been at the very top.  I’m not sure if it is the meal or the time away from school.  Maybe the chance to eat the meal, followed by football or even an opportunity to eat leftovers later that day.

Superintendent: Guthrie’s greatest cheerleaders

Guthrie Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson shares his thoughts in his monthly column.

Superintendent: Guthrie’s greatest cheerleaders

During the summer months, I often try to complete projects that I wanted to do during the school year but couldn’t find the time necessary.  I also use it as a time for reflection on the challenges and successes of the previous year.  To say this was a challenging year financially for our state would […]

Superintendent: “Perfect storm” for our district from a financial standpoint

Superintendent: “Perfect storm” for our district from a financial standpoint

In January, in this column and through district email, I described the financial problems ahead for not only our district but also the state.  On Monday night I presented the facts to the Board of Education detailing where we are financially, how we got there and also how we can weather what I’ve called the […]

Superintendent: GPS is a safer school district than it was in 2012

Superintendent: GPS is a safer school district than it was in 2012

Recently, we have experienced some threats to student safety.  Unfortunately, this is not uncommon throughout the United States and I wanted to provide some understanding to the community about what we do when these events occur and how you can assist us in making our schools safer.  While the most recent threats have been confined […]

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