YPS board elects officers, welcomes ‘new’ member

Fourth time as president for Cannon; Behymer takes Post 3 seat

New YPS Board of Education President Suzanne Cannon welcomes Jeff Behymer “back” to the five-member board. Behymer was elected without opposition to the Post 3 seat; he previously represented Post 4. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Yukon Public Schools’ Board of Education elected new officers and welcomed “back” a previous member at its April meeting.

Jeff Behymer has rejoined the five-member board after being elected without opposition to a five-year term as the Post 3 representative. Behymer succeeds Chris Cunningham, who decided not to seek a new term in office.

Behymer served as the Post 4 board member from July 2016 to December 2019, when he resigned after moving to a home outside Post 4.

Behymer has been anticipating again serving the Yukon school district as an elected board member.

“I’m glad to back – and it’s a choice to be back,” Behymer said during the April 11th YPS board meeting.

“I look forward to getting to know people I don’t know and seeing familiar faces.”

Behymer and the other four YPS board members took their oaths of office for the next year at the start of Monday night’s meeting:

  • President Suzanne CannonSeat 1
  • Vice President Brian CoulsonSeat 4
  • Clerk Cody SandersSeat 5
  • Deputy Clerk Leonard WellsSeat 2
  • Member Jeff BehymerSeat 3

Fellow Board Member Sanders welcomed Behymer.

“It takes a lot of service to do this job and I’m glad to see you up here,” Sanders said. “I know you’ve been here before.”

YPS Board President Suzanne Cannon told Behymer she was “so glad to have you back” on board.

This will be Cannon’s fourth stint as board president.



Karyn Garcia has been named the next head principal at Yukon Middle School.

The YPS Board approved Garcia’s hiring under the consent docket near the end of the April meeting.

“I grew up in this area and am so excited to be heading back to my roots and leading alongside such a supportive team and community where we can develop amazing learning experiences and opportunities for positive social growth for our students! I’m looking forward to upholding strong Miller traditions and being part of a team to create awesome new ones!” Garcia said this week.

Garcia, who is coming to Yukon from Edmond Public Schools, will succeed Clay McDaniel as YMS principal.

She will bring some “great ideas and great energy” to the school, YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said.

Garcia is now assistant principal at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond.