By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
Kyle Whitehead decided as a resident and parent of two students in Enid Public Schools the school board is a good place for him to contribute to the community.
Whitehead, owner of Evans Drug Center, stepped up to fill the unexpired term of Colleen Arnold, who represented Office 6 and resigned in September after four years on the school board.
Arnold’s term was set to expire in February, thus Whitehead must file for election to the seat if he wants to remain on the board after February.
Whitehead said he intends to file for election for the next four-year term.
“I will file next week,” Whitehead said. “I can’t think of a better way to invest in the future of Enid than to invest in the future of our children.”
The filing period is Monday through Wednesday.
Whitehead has a son in seventh grade at Waller Middle School and a daughter in second grade at Glenwood Elementary School.
The renovation and building going throughout the district is one of the things that helped Whitehead want to be part of what’s going on in education in Enid.
“I think it’s an exciting time to be involved in education in Enid,” Whitehead said. “With the bond issue and the building of the schools and with the leadership of Sean Hime, I’m excited to be involved in that.”
It’s the perfect time for Enid schools to flex their muscles and move upward, Whitehead said.
“I would hope that every year we see an improvement in the state mandated test scores,” Whitehead said.
He views Enid as “No. 1” from an educational perspective.
“We’re the leaders in the state,” Whitehead said. “I think the potential is here with the administration. Being the No. 1 school in the state is a reasonable goal for this community.”
Whitehead said he’s like to see extracurricular activities be emphasized so every child has the opportunity to be part of a successful program.
Whitehead said he believes the school district’s partnership with Northern Oklahoma College to offer college classes at University Center, now under construction, will create expanded enrollment from around the area. That might create need for additional building projects.
“With the University Center and the programs Enid now is offering, I certainly see drawing more kids into the school system, and could certainly anticipate the need for another high school,” Whitehead said. “The need could be in the very near future.”