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May 22, 2014

Reynolds named Woodward's Superintendent of Schools

The Woodward Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Deputy Superintendent Kyle Reynolds as the next  Superintendent of Schools during a special meeting Thursday.

Reynolds, who has worked for the Woodward School District for 19 years in various capacities, replaces Tim Merchant, who served as superintendent since 2010. Merchant recently announced his retirement.

Reynolds, 45, is Woodward native and graduate of the WHS Class of 1986.

He attended the University of Oklahoma where he attained a bachelors in English. He also attained a bachelors in education language arts and masters in education administration from the Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

"I am humbled and honored that the Board of Education and so many in this community - my hometown - have placed so much trust and confidence in me," Reynolds said.

His plans are to continue the forward momentum of the recently passed bond issue and the massive district-wide building and school improvement project.

Reynolds also aims to continue to push recent advancements in technology that have positioned the district to excel in its focus on emerging curriculum and 21st century learning.

"I value Tim's mentorship and his leadership these last four years and his friendship," Reynolds said. "Woodward Public Schools are better today than four years ago because of his leadership."

In her comments, school board president Roxy Merklin expressed the board's unanimous confidence in Reynolds.

"It is with unbridled enthusiasm that we look forward to Kyle leading the Woodward School District," Merklin said. "With the kind of history Kyle has, the board has every confidence that he has the ability to lead Woodward schools."

The board also moved to hire a new Woodward Middle School Principal, Jay Means, a native of Gage.

Means brings the district more than 18 years of experience working in the field of education.

He has been a teacher and coach at Calumet Middle School and has also been serving as a board member on the Oklahoma City Schools, District Six for three years.

Means gained a bachelors in English teacher education and Bible theology, with a minor in history from Mid America Christian University of Oklahoma City. He later attained a masters degree in English from University of Central Oklahoma and has earned a doctorate of education degree, pending his dissertation, he said.

Means said he looks forward to teaching in a school system that has been able to retain such talent as Assistant Superintendent Tom Fisher.

"I have always felt like Woodward had really good schools," he said. "You all have Mr. Fisher here and, well, what a great guy."

In other business, board members approved a  resolution that contained the execution of a ground lease agreement and a lease purchase agreement, the key actions to allow the school to get the first year's bond money in advance through financing the amount through a bank.

Included in the resolution was the authority to  employ district counsel, financial advisors and bond counsel pertaining to that financing as well as authorizing school district officials  to execute any and all of those financial documents with regard to the financing of the bond.

Board members also voted to approve a list of surplus property to be marked for sale. The list includes such items as deep fryers, convection ovens and portable buildings not in use anymore.

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