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Lawton Community Involved in Superintendent Search

LAWTON Okla_ Members of the Lawton Community are giving input into the next superintendent of schools.

About 20 residents met with three of the five school board members at the Shoemaker Center today. Current Superintendent Barry Beauchamp is retiring this year. Some of their biggest concerns are getting more money for the school system, putting more technology in daily classroom instruction, and getting school children more involved.

One board member said the public input is invaluable. 

"Our public school is one of the most important institutions in this community," said Lawton School Board Member Kent Jester. "The leadership of our public schools is paramount. It's really important that the community at large is able to give us input, so we can reflect their wishes and give them the superintendent that they feel they need and will do the most good for our community."

The board has turned to the State School Board Association to help in the process of finding the next superintendent. The OSSBA has asked board members to rank how involved they would like the new superintendent to be.

"It's all about really putting together a good job description," said Stephanie Hyder of the OSSBA. "That way, you know the person's character personally, as well as professionally."

Another public forum is scheduled for Monday at 6:30 PM at the Shoemaker Center. If you cannot make it, you can go online to help in the search by completing a survey on the Lawton Public Schools' website.

School board members say they'll sit down with hopeful applicants later this month. They should have a decision by April.



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