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 […]

Superintendent: Student growth and current buildings is a goal of this bond issue

I began comparing our community and school district to others long before my family even moved to Guthrie. In fact, I researched Guthrie and our peer districts long before I applied for the job as Superintendent. What I found in the research was a school district with remarkable success in athletics and a community with potential […]

Superintendent: Urgent issues addressed in upcoming school bond election

On Wednesday Guthrie Public Schools will start the first day of classes.  I love this time of year because it signals new beginnings for many families.  Students may be starting school, beginning Junior High or High School.  Each progression signals a milestone in the lives of students and the families who support them.  Many students […]

The State did not steal the pot of gold

Last week I wrote about my desire to help local school boards save money for infrastructure needs while avoiding debt and property tax increases. House District 31’s rapid growth and corresponding increase in property tax collections continue to provide area school districts with new resources. Districts should be allowed to set aside some of these […]