Edmond, Deer Creek districts recognized for top scores
The Oklahoma State Board of Education and state legislators recognized 127 Reward Schools from throughout Oklahoma in a special board meeting and in a ceremony at the state Capitol.
Oklahoma’s 127 High-Performing Reward Schools include 21 schools in Deer Creek and Edmond school districts.
Reward Schools are those in the top 10 percent of performance in all assessments from three years’ worth of data ending in 2010-11, or those in the top 10 percent of schools that have made high progress in reading and math.
The designation was granted as a result of Oklahoma’s flexibility request from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act under No Child Left Behind from the U.S. Department of Education.
Supt. Sean McDaniel leaves Deer Creek
Deer Creek Superintendent Sean McDaniel tendered his resignation in order to accept a like position in the Mustang School District. McDaniel came to the district, with now more than 5,600 students, in the fall of 2010. Under his guidance more than $100 million in construction was completed or is in varying stages of completion.
OC welcomes 7th president
Oklahoma Christian University’s President John deSteiguer began his tenure May 1. He was inaugurated on the OC campus in late August. He leads the school which this year has reported its largest enrollment to date. OC’s fall enrollment of 2,271 students is the highest in the school’s 63-year history.
UCO welcomes 20th president
Don Betz was formally inaugurated in April as the University of Central Oklahoma’s 20th president. A familiar face to the Edmond and Central community, Betz served as vice president of Academic Affairs, as well as a professor of political science, from 1999-2005 at UCO.
“We are here to help students learn. We are learner centered and learning focused,” Betz said at the ceremony at Hamilton Field House. “We are here to create the conditions that create the future.”
The university’s population of 17,239 students marks the third consecutive year of record-setting enrollment in the fall.