The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 26, 2013

Supt. Shawn Hime gets new contract he deserves

Enid News & Eagle

— The vote of confidence given by Enid Public Schools Board of Education to Superintendent Shawn Hime is a good one.

Last week, the board signed a new contract with Hime for three years, running through June 30, 2016. He also received a 2.5 percent pay raise, to $143,500 per year.

The new contract is an affirmation of the good job Hime has been doing, and of the good job Enid Public Schools as a whole is doing.

During Hime’s tenure, EPS has grown stronger. The massive construction and renovation project funded by a $99.5 million bond issue is continuing, with the bulk of the work, which included building two new schools, already completed. Improvements were made — or are being made — to every school in the district.

EPS even was able to construct a University Center at Enid High School, which will house classrooms for students concurrently taking college courses as they continue their high school education. Being able to take college courses while still in high school is a tremendous thing, especially given the escalating costs of a college education.

Also, Enid Public School Foundation plans a major fundraising effort to cover the concurrent fees for students who take college-level classes at University Center. EHS will pay for the textbooks students need for the concurrent composition, college algebra, psychology, sociology, economics, U.S. history and government classes, and check the books out to the students who enroll in the classes.

At the same meeting the board came up with the new contract for Hime, members also approved hiring two new assistant superintendents, one for elementary education and one for secondary education.

Enid Public Schools has been doing some great things, and the future looks even brighter.