BY PATTY MILLER
THE EDMOND SUN
The Edmond Public Schools Foundation working with Leadership Edmond Class XXVIII filled leadership positions in 29 of the 31 district schools Monday as part of the annual Principal for a Day activities.
As local business leaders followed the school principals during their morning activities they saw the students and schools from a different vantage point.
Citizens Bank representative Ben Purkeypile spent his morning at Russell Dougherty.
“I enjoyed learning what makes Russell Dougherty unique and how it sets itself apart,” Purkeypile said. “I also learned the challenge of the size of the school is also one of its assets.”
Purkeypile added he learned more about the new state grading system for the schools and he said, “I feel the grading system might need a little more thought put to it.”
Memorial High School’s Principal for the Day Angie Kamermayer with Integris Health said, “I have always respected teachers, but after today I have a greater appreciation about how they care for the community … a greater appreciation and a greater respect.”
Last year’s Edmond Leadership Class XXVII raised $10,000 to help fund a scholarship for an Edmond student, aid Bob Ault, director of the Edmond Schools Foundation.
“This year they are challenging the Edmond Leadership Class XXVIII to match their $10,000 in order to be able to set up an endowed scholarship.”
Bryan Evans with Evans & Davis Law Firm and Adrianne Selvidge with Lindstrom Technology helped organize this year’s Principal for a Day. Both are members of the Leadership Class XXVII and both are trustees for the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.
“We wanted to create an interactive day for the participants that is memorable,” Evans said. “There is a misconception that the Edmond Public School District is picture perfect. We have an amazing school district but there are still issues that need to be met. One of those needs is the district is 23rd from the bottom in the state in per pupil funding. That means there are 500 districts above us that get more per pupil.”
Selvidge, a product of the Edmond Public School system said last year she worked with Sunset Elementary. She said following her stint as Principal for a Day she felt compelled to help do a Legacy Project with Sunset.
“We are wanting to grow an awareness for the Edmond Schools Foundation,” Selvidge said.
“We also want to promote the fact that the community can support the school district through the foundation, a private funding mechanism, not only with money and scholarships but by volunteering also,” Evans said.
Right now the foundation is in the middle of its corporate campaign.
“Last year the foundation gave $90,000 to teachers in the way of grants and since its inception the foundation has given significantly more than $1 million in grants,” Evans said.
Superintendent David Goin said, “The ‘Principal for a Day’ affords an opportunity for very involved citizens in the community to experience first-hand a day in our public schools.”
BY PATTY MILLER
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