Enid Public Schools

Although the decision is more than a month away, the Enid Board of Education is moving closer to naming the next superintendent of schools.

Board of Education members will review the district’s 21 applications during a special meeting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The interview process will begin next week, and the successful candidate is expected to be named by late April or early May.
The board is working with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to conduct the search. According to Stephanie Hyder, the organization’s search coordinator, the Enid position has drawn interest from across the region, including Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. She credited the district’s history of implementing research-based initiatives that improve student learning for the widespread interest.

“OSSBA has thoroughly enjoyed working with the Enid Public School Board to conduct an exhaustive search for a new superintendent,” Hyder said. “The board members, central office leadership, building administrators, faculty and staff, clearly have student learning and well-being at the heart of decisions made. The next superintendent of Enid Public Schools will enter a school district whose culture is positive with widespread community support.”

Community Committee Members
Board of Education members have asked five community members to assist with the interview and selection process. While they are non-voting members of the committee, board members believe their input will be very valuable to the hiring process.

Community members involved include: Hallie Caldwell, Peter Dillingham, Randy McClendon, Dalen McVay and Mary Stallings.

“Enid residents rally around our school system and have generously provided new buildings and technology, as well as volunteered countless hours in the classroom. It is important to ensure our community is well represented in this decision,” Board President Molly Helm said. “The others joining us bring a wide range of expertise and knowledge to the table, as parents, volunteers and business professionals. Their input will help us select the best superintendent for our students. We appreciate their willingness to serve.”
Interim Superintendent
The new superintendent will succeed Shawn Hime, who has led the district since 2008. He begins his new position as Executive Director of OSSBA on April 1.

Thursday night’s board agenda will include an action item to vote whether or not to name Karl White, Chief Financial Officer, as the interim superintendent following Hime’s departure.

White has 39 years of experience in education, including 29 years with EPS. He began his public education career as a high school science teacher at Waukomis. He later served as principal at Waukomis High School and for four years was the Waukomis Public Schools Superintendent. .