The Moore American

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July 9, 2013

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MOORE — Robert Romines knew it was going to be tough when he accepted the job as the new Moore Public Schools superintendent. But that was before a tornado ripped through his hometown May 20 a destroyed two of his schools.

Now, after being on the job for a week, Romines is discovering just how difficult of a challenge it is. Yet, the Moore native is relishing the opportunity to help his town get back on its feet.

“I’ve been in this community all my life,” Romines said. “Transitioning into the superintendent’s role has not been difficul, especially with the community support and the people in this district. I literally feel like I have thousands of hands propping me up on my back.”

Romines had been the assistant superintendent the past few years. But when Susan Pierce announced her retirement in April, he was the logical choice to take over.

Romines officially took over July 1, and much of his work the first week has been directed at tornado relief and getting the school district ready for the upcoming school year, which starts in less than two months.

“Originally, I had two plans,” Romines said. “I had my first 100 days and I had my first year. That has totally been rewritten since the storms. My first original 100 days didn’t include a plan to relocate two elementary schools. So we had to backtrack and pull back. I’ve got people working on that, making sure those communities stay together this next school year at Briarwood and Plaza. Fortunately, we are going to make it work.”

Romines inherits a school district that lost Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools and its technology center. Highland East Junior High sustained major damage and the administration building has been rendered uninhabitable. This has forced Romines and his administrative staff to work out of the media center at Moore High.

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