When area school administrators spoke to the Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce at last Friday’s monthly luncheon there was one reoccurring theme.
Superintendents Dr. Sheli McAdoo, Chad Hall, Chris Reynolds and Mike Eubank all spoke about their respective schools while new Wayne High School Principal Malachi Blaxton pinch hit for Toby Ringwald, who had a previously scheduled meeting in Oklahoma City.
Each speaker touched on the state of their districts and all of them spoke of safety measures in place with the Uvalde, TX shooting still fresh in everyone’s mind.
All of the educators said they have been implementing safety measures for years including a sheriff deputy on site at Washington.
Purcell School Buildings are all locked with visitors having to be buzzed in.
Same is true for three buildings in the Lexington District.
And ditto for Wayne where all buildings are locked with a fob system.
With the hundreds of new homes either under construction or planned in the Washington School District, Reynolds reports his district will grow by about 100 additional students by December.
He predicts the Washington enrollment will double in the next five to 10 years.
The ever-increasing numbers of students presents building and classroom spacing problems in that district.
He expects another bond issue will be necessary when the current building projects are completed.
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