Jay School District gets new superintendent

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The Jay School District will be under new leadership this year.

He is a graduate of Jay High School and his name is Larry Shackleford. He began his role a few weeks ago and Shackleford says he is bringing a wealth of expertise to the district.

Larry Shackelford is proud to represent his hometown in his newly elected role as Jay superintendent. He has served in variety of capacities in education for more than 40 years. This includes experience as an assistant superintendent, high school principal, and teacher.

“I’m going to do everything I can in my power to make sure are students in this district are getting a great education,” says Shackelford.

As the new superintendent, he wants to bring forth a variety of new initiatives. This includes an all-school evacuation drill, which the district will be executing for the very first time this August.

“We’re going to use our local police, all of our buses..we do have a plan in place..but they never practiced it,” says Shackelford, “in case we had some evacuation type of environmental issue or something we would need to evacuate our student’s to a safe place.”

Shackelford says they are also making enhancements this summer in their Bulldog Arena. 

“We’re doing some painting some we’re doing some installation of carpet,” says Larry Shackelford.

That hasn’t been redone in more than 15 years. They are also adding railings in the arena for safety. Shackelford says one of his biggest goals is to be involved in the community.

“I told our board that when I was hired that it’s not going to be unusual for me to be standing at the buses when they unload kids, or being at the parking lot and in the hallways at school,” says Larry Shackelford.

Shackelford says ultimately he wants to keep building on the excitement of last year. This includes what he calls a landmark pay raise in the state of Oklahoma with teacher raises.

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