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Seminole superintendents talk about consolidation

Seminole County school superintendents talk about consolidation. There are 10 school districts in the county. Three superintendents could not be reached.
BY SARAH BOSWELL sboswell@opubco.com Modified: July 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm •  Published: July 29, 2012
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Seminole County school superintendents talk about consolidation. There are 10 school districts in the county. Three superintendents could not be reached.


“If we have consolidation, a lot of small towns in Oklahoma disappear. That's kind of the background of our community. We have real strong turnout. If you have a Friday night basketball game, we fill the stands. I'm not a fan because of our geographical locations. We're fairly spread out. Sasakwa is in the corner of the county, 14 miles from any other district in Seminole.”

— Kyle Wilson, Sasakwa

“You've got to find somebody who enjoys doing [different jobs] because in a small school, you can't afford to hire out all of those different jobs. You can't afford to have a substitute bus driver on call. We meet our requirements to keep our finances OK by doing some things and I guess maybe fortunately for this school, but fortunately for every small school, you find somebody who's interested in doing that.”

— Gil Turpin, New Lima

“This is an amazing community. I think that being predominantly a farming community, it appears that the parents and therefore the children have a great work ethic. I think that we need to give them every opportunity that they deserve so they can be successful.”

— Bobbette Hamilton, Butner

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Seminole County school superintendents talk about consolidation. There are 10 school districts in the county. Three superintendents could not be reached.

“If we have consolidation, a lot of small towns in Oklahoma disappear. That's kind of the background of our community. We have real strong turnout. If you have a Friday night basketball game, we fill the stands. I'm not a fan because of our geographical locations. We're fairly spread out. Sasakwa is in the corner of the county, 14 miles from any other district in Seminole.”

— Kyle Wilson, Sasakwa

“You've got to find somebody who enjoys doing [different jobs] because in a small school, you can't afford to hire out all of those different jobs. You can't afford to have a substitute bus driver on call. We meet our requirements to keep our finances OK by doing some things and I guess maybe fortunately for this school, but fortunately for every small school, you find somebody who's interested in doing that.”

— Gil Turpin, New Lima

“This is an amazing community. I think that being predominantly a farming community, it appears that the parents and therefore the children have a great work ethic. I think that we need to give them every opportunity that they deserve so they can be successful.”

— Bobbette Hamilton, Butner

“In the school business, we try to keep our school doors open and provide for the kids. But there is some room for consolidation.”

— Sam McElvany, Wewoka

“If we consolidate too much, all we're doing is creating the same type of structure that you have in a big city where you don't have administrators necessarily that have the ability to stay as in close contact with the students and teachers as you do in the smaller settings.”

— Jeff Pritchard,

Seminole

“For one person, it's all about where they went to school and where their parents and grandparents went to school, and it's so emotional. For someone else, it's about numbers and economics and this concept in their mind where smaller is better or larger is better. Don't be afraid of it because of the emotions. When you're thinking, ‘Do we renovate an old building, or do we build a new building,' sometimes it's more cost-effective to move forward and move on.”

— Bob Gragg, Strother

“If the community didn't want the school, it wouldn't be here. It provides a constant in a student's life. Many of my students still ride the bus over an hour to get here. If you consolidated, it would just add to that time.”

— William Harrison, Justice

Compiled by Sarah Boswell, The Oklahoman

If we have consolidation, a lot of small towns in Oklahoma disappear. That's kind of the background of our community. We have real strong turnout. If you have a Friday night basketball game, we fill the stands. I'm not a fan because of our geographical locations. We're fairly spread out. Sasakwa is in the corner of the county, 14 miles from any other district in Seminole.”

Kyle Wilson

Sasakwa

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