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June 18, 2014

Brown to retire after 30 years

MOORE — Dr. Roger Brown has been an educator for 30 years, a career that has helped shape the education of thousands of students in Moore, Putnam City and in Norman. He is retiring as Norman Public Schools assistant superintendent for administrative services at the end of June.

A Norman native, Brown’s teaching and administrative career was in the Moore and Putnam City districts. He joined Norman Public Schools as director of secondary education nine years ago. Six years ago he moved to administrative services position where his attention has been devoted to all of those support services that makes the schools run efficiently and effectively. Building and campus maintenance, security, child nutrition and a host of other details which support the work of the teachers and students.

He would like for people to know how dedicated the central services staff members are, the men and women who perform maintenance and repair on the district’s facilities.

“The facilities are so important. They set the tone of expectation from the moment you arrive on the campus,” he said. This past winter the weather provided challenges for that staff, he pointed out. “Their work goes on days, nights and weekends,” making the school buildings ready for the first bell each morning.

A major part of each day for Brown these past years has been in the oversight of the projects made possible through the 2009 bond issue. Included were projects of repair, remodel and construction throughout the district, including the recently completed administrative office building.

He cites the new agriculture building on the Norman High campus as a project that has given him special pleasure.

“We have such a strong agriculture program, and they were operating in an old portable building that was just worn out. It had outlived its time,” Brown said.

Brown grew up in Norman, attending Wilson Elementary, Longfellow Middle School, Central Mid High and graduating from Norman High in 1979. Four years later he was doing his practice teaching in history classes at Moore’s Central Mid High. He recalled how he got his first job offer.

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