The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 6, 2014

Darrell Floyd takes over as Enid Public Schools superintendent

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools’ new superintendent, Darrell Floyd, is coming into a good situation.

Floyd recently was named to lead EPS. He will start June 1, and replaces Shawn Hime, who started April 1 as executive director for Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

Hime oversaw a $99 million bond issue that resulted in building improvement throughout the district, including construction of two new elementary schools. In addition, the University Center was created at Enid High School, giving students at the school a leg up on college.

As we said, Floyd is stepping into a good situation, but not one without challenges.

Enrollment is expected to increase — it has grown by 1,400 students since Hime became superintendent in 2008 — so making sure there is adequate room at every school will need to be considered.

Then, there always is the state funding situation to consider, not to mention the fight over education standards.

Funding for education in Oklahoma has declined in recent years, and how that trend goes from here on out depends on the state’s economy. Regardless, it’s up to local administrators to make their appropriations work.

In the Legislature now, there is a bill that would repeal the Common Core standards for math and English in Oklahoma. If the bill becomes law, the standards would be replaced by new ones developed by the State Department of Education.

That situation isn’t final, so we aren’t sure how things will work out.

Floyd, though, is no novice. He was superintendent of Stephenville ISD in Stephenville, Texas, for 14 years and has been in education for 28 years.

We wish him well and welcome him to Enid.