By Carol Mowdy Bond
Yukon Public Schools received the Large Business of the Year award at the Jan. 31 Yukon Chamber Gala & Awards Banquet, held at the Palace Event Center, 2310 N. Banner Road.
YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth, who accepted the award on behalf of the district, said, “YPS is humbled by the award presented by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce. The impact of the school district on the community can be often overlooked because we don’t do what we do for notoriety.
“The recognition for our teachers and staff and the overall impact they have on our community is a great way of saying we see you and thank you for what you do every single day.”
The Oklahoman recognized the top 90 workplaces for 2019, based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees. YPS ranked in the top tier, as 8th out of 90.
YPS employs approximately 1,400 people. The district serves over 8,800 students across the greater Yukon area, covering 68 square miles of Canadian County, including Yukon, northwest Oklahoma City, southwest Oklahoma City, and Banner (when students enter the ninth grade).
YPS campuses include seven elementary schools, two intermediate schools, one middle school, one high school, and athletic facilities.
In August 2020, YPS unveils its 12th school for the 2020-21 school year. The new YPS Redstone Intermediate School, funded by a $44.6 million bond issue approved by voters in 2017, will open, and will house fourth through sixth grades.
Yukon Middle School will have grades seven and eight, with sixth grade moving to Redstone Intermediate, Lakeview Intermediate and Independence Intermediate.
Both Lakeview and Independence are currently elementary schools but will become intermediate schools.