A veteran educator and administrator will start work July 1 as Washington Public Schools superintendent.
Chris Reynolds will replace longtime superintendent A.J. Brewer who is resigning June 30 at the end of his contract.
Reynolds’ selection as incoming superintendent was unanimous at a special meeting May 7 of Washington’s Board of Education.
“What we heard in surveys of educators and the community was that our district needed a superintendent who could build on the traditions of excellence at Washington and continue to move our school forward with a focus on best classroom teaching practices and technologies,” said board president Greg Tontz.
Reynolds is presently the executive director of secondary instruction with Midwest City-Del City Public Schools.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been chosen as the new superintendent for Washington Public Schools and look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, parents and community,” Reynolds said.
“The Washington School District has earned a reputation of excellence and is known as a community that supports its students,” he said.
Reynolds began his career teaching special education at Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools, where he was also a coach and taught in an evening alternative school program.
He also has extensive experience as an administrator, having served as a principal at the elementary, middle school and high school levels in the Midwest City-Del City district.
In 2009, he was Cooperative Council of School Administration Region 9 Principal of the Year.
In 2017, he was recognized as Region 9 Assistant Superintendent of the Year in the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.
“As an educator for 22 years, I wholeheartedly value the programs and services in place,” he continued.
“I am committed to building upon past practices to ensure that current and future students have opportunities to discover their passions and prepare for college and beyond,” Reynolds said.
He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Reynolds and his wife, Michelle, have been married 24 years. They have two children. Matthew, 23, lives in Tahlequah. Hannah, 18 is a senior at Midwest City High School and will attend Northeastern State University.
Tontz said the board received applications from many qualified candidates.
“But Mr. Reynolds was our unanimous choice,” he said.
“He impressed us with his commitment to the vision we as a board and community share for our school district and children, his desire to value our history and traditions and the willingness of his family to relocate to the area,” Tontz said.
Tontz called on the community to extend what he called “a warm Warrior welcome” to Reynolds and his family.
“We are so fortunate to live in a community that strongly supports its schools and is a destination for outstanding educational leaders,” Tontz said.
Reynolds is eager to begin his new role.
“It is an exciting time to be a Warrior and I’m looking forward to the future as we honor the traditions of Washington while continuously reaching for new opportunities for our students,” Reynolds said.