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January 24, 2014

Superintendent receives high honor

EDMOND — Edmond Public Schools’ longtime Superintendent David Goin is the winner of the Citizens Bank of Edmond’s Citizen of the Year Award.

Goin, who recently announced his pending retirement, was honored during the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet Friday evening on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.

Co-award presenter Jill Castilla, executive vice president and chief credit officer of Citizens Bank of Edmond, said the award is given to an individual who has made a significant, lifelong commitment to the community. The recipient demonstrates excellence in their organization, brings state or national acclaim to the city and participates in civic affairs, Castilla said.

The quality of the public school system is often a top consideration for choosing a new community, and Edmond Public Schools has a reputation for being one of the top districts in the state. During the past year, the district experienced growth of more than 600 students, according to information posted on its website.

Goin oversees an organization with 2,600 employees, 22,600 students, high schools ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, 10 nationally recognized schools and 139 National Board Certified teachers.  

Earlier this month, Goin announced 2015 retirement plans. He is in his 20th year with Edmond Public Schools and his 37th in public education.

“It’s a very humbling honor,” Goin said as he received the award in front of a packed ballroom on the UCO campus. “When Sandy and I moved to Edmond 20 years ago, we knew we were becoming a part of an extremely special community.”

Goin said that pride and appreciation has only grown during that time.

“This community is a community that works together, that loves its citizens and shares with its citizens because the community is the people,” he said.

Goin said there will be an opening in a couple of weeks, that for the 102,000-square foot Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center in Mitch Park. It has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, fitness area and other offerings.

The project, which has been in the works for about two decades, happened because various entities and citizens wanted together to do something to improve the community even more, Goin said.

“That opening does represent, I think, the spirit of the city,” Goin said.

Goin also credited staff and faculty for much of the district’s success.

TO READ ABOUT other award winners from Friday’s banquet, see Tuesday’s edition of The Edmond Sun.

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