EDMOND — After 15 years as superintendent of Edmond Public Schools, David Goin announced this week he will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
During his tenure, the district has experienced steady growth, adding new schools to accommodate thousands of new students. Today's enrollment is more than 23,000.
“Edmond couldn't have had a better superintendent,” said Brenda Lyons, former executive director of secondary education.
In a written statement, Goin, 59, shared some of his reasons for retirement.
“The retirement decision is based upon strictly personal reasons. I continue to find the work very satisfying and hopefully am making a positive contribution to this community; however, the life of a superintendent is packed from early morning until fairly late into evenings, especially during the school year,” he said.
“While I'm not ‘old' at this point in time, I believe it is important to have the opportunity for more time with family. My wife, Sandy, is retiring from Oklahoma Christian University later this spring; and I expect she will be spending much time with grandkids here in Edmond, and also burning up the road between here and Fort Worth where our younger daughter, son-in-law and grandchild reside.”
School Board President Jamie Underwood said the board was “extremely pleased,” with Goin's time as superintendent and they had known for some time he was considering retirement.
“Even last year he (Goin) asked we only renew his contract for two years instead of three,” she said.
She said the search for his replacement probably will begin in the summer.
“I plan to be diligent in service over the next 18 months; there is much to do,” Goin said.
“I have a lot of respect for David as a leader,” said Norman Public Schools Superintendent Joe Siano. “He has been a good friend and he always puts the kids first. In this kind of a job you can really impact the community positively and David has.”
Goin had planned to announce his retirement during this week's school board meeting, but missed the meeting because of the recent death of his mother.
Lyons noted Goin's many hours devoted to the job.
“At some school open houses he would show up and say he just happened to be driving by,” she said. “He went to as many things as he could.”
District No. 5 board member Kemp Cole predicted an extensive search to find a new superintendent.
“To get a good replacement it will probably take six to 12 months,” Cole said. “We hate that he (Goin) will leave, but we understand his desire to enjoy life outside of the schools.”
Goin's time with Edmond Public Schools began in 1994, first as director of elementary education and then as associate superintendent before becoming superintendent in 1999.
A native of Waurika, he is a 1976 graduate of Abilene Christian University in Texas and holds master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He's also been an administrator with the Norman and Moore districts.