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January 27, 2015


Former Oklahoma Attorney General and current Chair of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Mike Turpen, toured three Guthrie Public School buildings on Monday. He is best known as a fixture on the Sunday morning television show Flashpoint. Turpen will serve as the keynote speaker for the Guthrie Education Foundation fundraising dinner on Thursday, February 5th, at the Dominion House at 6:00 p.m.

A longtime supporter of public education, Turpen’s wife, Susan, is a teacher in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, currently teaching Leadership at U. S. Grant High School.

Turpen toured Cotteral Elementary, Fogarty Elementary and Guthrie Junior High School. He spoke with students and teachers about their challenges with the current facilities.According to GPS Superintendent, Dr. Mike Simpson, “We had a very enlightening walk through our buildings. Our students and staff were honest and forthcoming to Mr. Turpen about where we are facility wise. The energy he brings to a cause is infectious and he was impressed with the job our staff and students are doing as they make the best of a challenging situation with our buildings.”

Tickets to the Guthrie Education Foundation dinner may be purchased at BancFirst, Oklahoma State Bank or F & M Bank in Guthrie.  Individual tickets are $100 and tables are available for sponsorship for $1250.

KFOR reporter Chellie Mills talks with Mike Turpen and Dr. Mike Simpson    Mike Turpen and Guthrie Junior High  
Photo #1 KFOR reporter Chellie Mills talks with Mike Turpen and GPS Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson at Fogarty Elementary.
Photo#2 Mike Turpen and Guthrie Junior High teacher Kathy Ice have a conversation about the issues she faces daily in her classroom. 
It is the mission of the Guthrie Public Schools to empower all students with the tools necessary to become productive members of society through a cooperative effort between student, home, and community. 

Guthrie Staff Members started off the new year with EdCamp, a Professional Development Day that is based on teaching and sharing sessions facilitated by our own staff members. 

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Building Teachers of the Year
Cotteral Kathleen Jensen, Sarah Lausen

Central  Jessica Owens 
Fogarty  Katie Datin, Trenda Monnahan

GUES  Kim Hinkle, Tammy Adams, Lisa Good 

Jr High  Bryan Dearing, Sheri Stevenson 

High School  Diana Meek, Matt Perring,Sherrie Simek, Justin Stevens
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