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EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT BRET TOWNE RECEIVES THE 2021 OASA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT BRET TOWNE RECEIVES THE 2021 OASA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

EDMOND PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT BRET TOWNE RECEIVES THE 2021 OASA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

EDMOND, OKLA. (June 17, 2021) – The Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA) has named Bret Towne, Superintendent of Edmond Public Schools, as a 2021 OASA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. He was recognized at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) Summer Leadership Conference on June 9, 2021, along with two other Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious OASA award and honors the commitment to the highest ideals of Oklahoma education.  Those honored have demonstrated professional and ethical leadership throughout their careers. Awardees are selected by a committee appointed by the OASA Board of Directors. 

“Bret Towne is known as a leader of the highest caliber.  He is characterized by his diligence, respect for his staff, and vigilance in serving students,” said Dr. Pam Deering, CCOSA/OASA Executive Director.  “He is described as a server and a connector, building others up for success. He is active in his community and is praised for his innovative and collaborative efforts.”

Bret served 39 years in education with 31 of those years in administration. He will be retiring June 2021 as the Superintendent of Edmond schools, a position that he has held since July 2015. Prior to his job as Superintendent, he served as the Associate Superintendent of General Administration/Operations for the district since 1999.  He received his BS degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and his MS degree from Southwestern State University.  He was named as the OASA Assistant Superintendent of the Year in 2015 and OASA District Superintendent of the Year in 2018. During his career, Towne has directed the design and construction of 1.2 million square feet of new construction and 1.1 million square feet of renovations, consisting of six new schools, three new freshman academies and major additions including gyms, offices, media centers, cafeterias, computer labs and 422 classrooms. 

Bret had this to say about his career.  “As I close out this year and my career, I truly feel like I have been blessed to be an educator and fortunate to have worked in the districts and with the people that I have,” said Mr. Towne.  “My parting words to you would be to always hold your head up and be proud to be in public education. Always seek to be better than you were the day or the year before. Always seek quality over being average in what you do and always remember to put the students first in your decisions and actions.”

 

To learn more about OASA and the Lifetime Achievement Awards, visit www.ccosa.org.

 

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ABOUT OASA

OASA supports adequate funding for Oklahoma public schools, supports accountability measures, rigorous and relevant academics, fair treatment of education employees, and seeks to reduce state intrusion in local board of education matters.

 

ABOUT CCOSA

The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration is an incorporated, not for profit organization which establishes close and continuous communication and cooperation between educators, taxpayers and legislators to improve the effectiveness of professional school administrators and to communicate the needs of the schools. The Council is the umbrella organization for the following professional associations: the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA), the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP), the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals (OAESP), the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association (OMLEA), and the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS)

 

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