Pictured left to right: Jennifer Dye, Bob Mellen, Denton Long, Stacey Sattre, Trenton Murner, Amy Swartz, Curtis Layton
The Ponca City Public School district would like to announce the administrative changes for the 2017-2018 school year. Shelley Arrott was named as the new superintendent July 1 replacing Dr. David Pennington who retired.
Curtis Layton has been named as the new Executive Director of Human Resources for the district. He is replacing Shelley Arrott who served in the position for several years. Curtis said, “I am excited about the new role I have at Ponca Schools. This new adventure has started off fast and furious!!! I am grateful for the opportunity.” Curtis attained his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a double Major in Spanish from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater. He also attained a Master in School Administration from the University of Phoenix. Curtis has been working in education for 27 years.
Amy Swartz was hired as the new Director of Special Services for the district this summer. She replaced Jill Henderson who accepted a high school principal position in Altus to be closer to family. Amy said, “I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to continue my work in special education but in a new capacity. I am looking forward to forming new relationships and fostering existing ones with staff, students, and their families as we continue to provide support for our students to achieve success.” Amy has been in the district since 2007 serving as a teacher and Special Services Compliance Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from OSU and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.
Trenton Murner is the new principal at West Middle School replacing Curtis Layton. He started in the Ponca City School district in 2015 as assistant principal at the high school and has been in education for 15 years. “I am extremely honored and blessed to be the principal at West! I am excited to work with the West staff, students and parents in the coming year,” stated Trenton. He received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska and his Master of Educational Leadership from OSU.
The new principal at East Middle School is Denton Long. He came to the district last year as assistant principal at East. Prior to coming to Ponca City, he served as a teacher and coach for ten years in school districts in Oklahoma and Texas. Denton explained, “I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to be working with the excellent faculty, staff, and students at East Middle School. I know that faculty and staff will work tirelessly to grow and support our students and prepare them for the rest of their education. Go Wildcats!” Denton received his Bachelor of Science in Education from East Central University and a Master of Education from the University of Texas at Arlington.
I’m so excited to continue my journey in education as the new Assistant Principal at East Middle School,” said Stacey Sattre. “I am looking forward to working with the wonderful staff, students and parents.” Stacey Sattre is replacing Denton Long. She served as an Instructional Coach and has been in the district since 2006. Stacey received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from OSU and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a second Master in Educational Leadership for Administration both from the American College of Education in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Jennifer Dye has been named the new Assistant Principal at West Middle School. She is replacing Tamara Chaney who retired in May. Jennifer has 18 years of educational experience all in Ponca City serving in many capacities including Instructional Coach, Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Facilitator, and teacher. Jennifer explained, “I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and instructional coaching and am excited to offer my experience and dedication to the students and faculty of West Middle School. I look forward to building positive relationships with students, staff, and families. I want all students to have a positive self-image and academic success.” Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Family Relations and Child Development, Option in Early Childhood Education from OSU. She also received a Master of Educational Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma.
Bob Mellen has been hired as the new assistant principal at the high school replacing Trenton Murner. “I have been very fortunate to have experienced many wonderful opportunities and relationships during my educational career thus far, and I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and community of Ponca City,” Mellen stated. Bob received his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, and his Master of Education Administration from Wichita State University. He has been in education for the last 34 years working in several capacities including school principal, assistant principal, athletic director, administrative assistant, and teacher.
Mary Ladd Public Information Coordinator
Ponca City Public Schools
The Ponca City School District is the 20th largest district in Oklahoma, with over 5,000 students attending 11 fully accredited schools. Our schools attract the finest teachers because of the district's commitment to excellence in education, one of the highest salary schedules in the state, and our facilities.
The district is known as a leader in the state, if not the nation, for the professional development provided to the employees. The district takes pride in having 13 Nationally Board Certified teachers and 28% of teachers with advanced degrees. Ponca City's ACT scores are continually above state and national averages. Ensuring the success of each individual student is the district's primary responsibility, resulting in the district being a leader in the development and implementation of full-day early childhood programs, after school tutoring, mentoring, summer school and alternative school programs.
In addition to strong academic programs, students have many opportunities to participate in fine arts, athletics and leadership programs, encouraging personal and social development beyond the classroom. Ponca City School District's relationship with the community sets it apart from other districts. Over the past 10 years, citizens have passed over $85 million in bond issues. Our citizens are proud of our schools and are committed to making sure that our students have what they need for the 21st century.
July 25, 2017
If you know of a child age 3-21 who may need special education services please contact: Zuri Mayo Training Skills Lab Union Elementary School 580-767-8037
Help Us Help Them!
Special education services for children with disabilities ages 3 to 21 are available for residents of the Ponca City School district through the Ponca City Public Schools. For more information call Zuri Mayo, the Child Find Coordinator, at (580) 767-8037 or the Director of Special Education Services at (580) 718-3816.
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