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July 16, 2014

PIONEER PRIDE: Operations department will be under one roof

STILLWATER, Okla. — Although school has been out for eight weeks, there is still plenty going on in Stillwater Public Schools. Recently, SPS purchased property belonging to KICKER.

This property is located at the corner of Perkins and Richmond and will serve as the location for all aspects of operations. The Operations Department includes areas such as Technology, Nutritional Services, Maintenance and Transportation.

The new site for operations of SPS will prove to be beneficial in many areas. The increased space, storage, and accessibility meet the needs of all departments and provide a better working environment for our employees. The increased space allows us to be more efficient – to order in bulk for maintenance and nutritional services. It allows appropriate space for transportation and school buses, and will provide adequate professional development space for all employees throughout the district. We are extremely excited about the opportunity and the ability to consolidate all aspects and departments associated with operations.

Maintenance and Nutritional Services have relocated to their new site. In addition, Central Duplication, which has been located at the high school, has also moved to this site. The re-organization is much needed and is very exciting for the employees of these various departments. 

A current employee recently expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the new facility stating, “For the first time, we really feel valued and are excited for this move and our new site.”

From an operational and support standpoint, all of these departments play crucial roles in the day–to-day operations of a school district. Each department seeks to provide the best service possible; therefore, summer is a time in which they make the necessary repairs, adjustments, updates, and upgrades in preparation for the upcoming school year. It is exciting and rewarding to now have terrific facilities to match the terrific people that work in operations!

Highland Park Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary both opened this past school year. They are beautiful buildings and unique in their own way, due to the input from the staff and patrons during the design phase. We are very proud of each site and know the community is anxious to attend the two open houses the new schools will be hosting this fall.  

The community of Stillwater has high expectations in all aspects of education and Stillwater Public Schools is committed to not only meeting, but exceeding these expectations. These two new schools, in addition to the new facility for operations, are examples of doing just that.

There are more projects in the future and these cannot be accomplished without your support and commitment. Thank you for all you do to make Stillwater Public Schools a great place in which to work and a safe and positive learning environment for our students!

Terry McCarty is assistant superintendent for Stilwater Public Schools.

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