Board member Bob Lee said he also thinks the grade was inaccurate and that Tippens did an excellent job.
“She did more work than you could ask of a superintendent,” he said. “I don't think you could ask for someone to work harder and do a better job.”
Tippens, who will be paid $140,000 a year and was hired on a two-year contract, succeeds interim superintendent Bill White, who had served since October when Sean McDaniel left to become superintendent in Mustang. With $152 million in construction projects scheduled to be finished by August and a $5 million bond election coming in May, she has to catch up quickly.
Coupled with maintaining Deer Creek's reputation as one of the top districts in the state and dealing with rapid enrollment growth, the order is tall, but she said she is excited to be taking on the role.
Aside from the construction projects, she said her focus is on continuing to implement course standards and map Deer Creek's curriculum for the future.
The district's primary tool for accomplishing those goals is a “professional learning communities” program, which allows teachers to share teaching styles and discuss lesson plans. Tippens said she oversaw a similar and successful program in El Reno, which she said makes her a good fit for Deer Creek.
In a more ambitious goal, Tippens said she hopes to continue integrating more technology into the school, with a goal of each student having access to a laptop in class.