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February 6, 2012

Board approves Jordan as Keys top administrator

PARK HILL — Billie Jordan’s contract as the next superintendent of Keys Public Schools was approved and signed during Thursday’s regular board meeting.

Jordan is the school district’s high school principal, and will begin duties as chief administrator for the 2012-’13 academic year. The former Tahlequah Public Schools assistant superintendent grew up in the Keys area, and is thrilled to be home serving as the community’s educational leader.

“I went to elementary school here,” said Jordan. “I’ve lived in this area my whole life, so I’m excited to be back.”

The board also voted on and approved hiring Leon Ashlock as Jordan’s successor as high school principal. Ashlock is the high school assistant principal, in addition to teaching history and coaching basketball.

With Oklahoma public schools experiencing increased enrollment across the state, Jordan said a slight increase in enrollment may occur in Keys due to the after-school program that started this year.

“Our current enrollment is holding,” she said.

“I anticipate a little bit of an increase because of the after-school program we started this year. We’re partnering with the Tahlequah Boys & Girls Club. Students can get a little exercise after school, and can even get some after-school tutoring. That’s truly my passion, taking care of the kids.”

Other school board actions unanimously approved included the use of a high school classroom for a Saturday driver’s education class and state spring break trips to Texas for the Cougars’ baseball and golf teams.

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