By Susan Parks-Schlepp
Special to The Sun
Edmond Public Schools’ Board of Education filled two key leadership roles at its March meeting. The board named Ruthie Riggs the new executive director of Elementary Education effective July 1 and Cara Jernigan the new principal of Frontier Elementary School effective Aug. 1.
Riggs takes over the leadership role from Lynne Rowley who is retiring after serving 41 years in Edmond Public Schools.
Riggs has been the principal of John Ross Elementary since 2008 and previously served as a teacher, counselor and assistant principal in the district. She will be responsible for supervising all administrators, instructional programs and methods of teaching at the district’s elementary schools.
“I have great respect for the work Lynne Rowley has done in this district and want to continue that pursuit of excellence in my work with Edmond’s elementary administrators, teachers, parents and students,” Riggs said.
Riggs is a lifelong Edmond resident and a product of Edmond Public Schools. She attended Clegern Elementary, Edmond Junior High and Edmond Memorial High School.
“I received a wonderful education from Edmond Public Schools, as did my three grown sons. It is a tremendous honor to have the opportunity to serve Edmond’s education community in this capacity,” she said.
Rowley praised Riggs as an “outstanding” administrator well-suited to her new role.
“She is respected by her peers, the staffs at the buildings she has led and the school community. Her wealth of experience and knowledge makes her an ideal choice for the executive director position,” Rowley said.
Jernigan has been the principal at West Field Elementary since 2008 and previously served as assistant principal at both Centennial and Will Rogers.
“While I am truly honored to be named the first principal of Frontier Elementary, it is bittersweet for me,” Jernigan said. “For the past five years, I have been devoted to the students, families and staff at West Field Elementary. Becoming the Frontier principal will be a very unique experience. Opening a new school is often a dream for many principals.”
Frontier is the district’s newest elementary that is set to open this fall. It is located on the east side of Pennsylvania between Danforth and Covell.
Jernigan says she is looking forward to meeting the students who will attend Frontier as well as building the school’s staff.
“I am blessed to embark on this new journey and embrace this opportunity to collaboratively build a strong future as the Frontier community moves forward together.”
Superintendent David Goin said both Riggs and Jernigan are accomplished educators who will provide strong leadership during a time of tremendous growth in the district.
“We have filled these important positions with hard-working, passionate educators who are very well respected,” Goin said. “We look forward to working closely with them to advance student learning and achievement.”