By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
It will be a “State of the School” address at the next Yukon Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon.
Yukon-area business and community leaders will hear from guest speaker Dr. Jason Simeroth, superintendent of Yukon Public Schools, at the monthly luncheon set Thursday, Oct. 10.
Networking will start at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program inside Events at 10 West Main, 10 W Main.
Simeroth will tell the chamber luncheon audience about the progress being made after voters in September 2017 passed a $44.6 million bond issue.
Bond fund proceeds are being used to build the new $25 million Redstone Intermediate School, acquire new technology, purchase new school buses, repair and replace roofs, among other improvements.
Redstone Intermediate, at Mustang and Britton roads, will be about 120,000 square feet when it opens to start the 2020-21 school year. The Yukon school district’s 12th site will have fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
Simeroth came to Yukon in May 2014 and is in his sixth year serving the 9,000-student school district.
Under his leadership, YPS has been named a Top Workplace in Oklahoma three straight years, experienced 10 percent enrollment growth, 35 percent increase in teachers’ salaries, and received nationally recognized inclusivity awards after rebranding their special education programs.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Described by his employees as a transparent and visionary leader, Dr. Simeroth has spent almost three decades in public education.
He began his career at Mustang Public Schools where he taught history before transitioning into the role of secondary curriculum coordinator. He was then hired by Putnam City Schools, a 20,000-student district, as site manager and later as the executive director of Curriculum and Instruction.
In 2008, Simeroth accepted his first superintendent position at Durant Independent School District where he oversaw a transformation that led the district out of financial and academic hardship.
During his time in Durant, he also was an adjunct professor at three colleges, teaching courses in school law, school finance, long-range planning, and school and community public relations.
Simeroth is president of United Suburban Schools Association, serves on the Yukon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI.
He lives in Yukon with his wife, Julie, a community leader and Beautiful Day Foundation coordinator.
The Simeroths have two children, Summer, a lab manager at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Dawson, a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy.
The Oct. 10th Yukon Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be catered by City Bites, which will provide a baked potato bar.
Meanwhile, the Business Spotlight will be Sleep Inn & Suites of Yukon.
Yukon Chamber members and guests interested in attending Thursday’s luncheon to hear Simeroth’s presentation should RSVP by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Cost is $12 per person. Late registration is $18.
For more information, contact the Yukon Chamber at 354-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org