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A Message from Superintendent Dr. Kaylin Coody


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Dr, Kaylin Coody, Superintendent image
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Welcome to Hilldale Public Schools!

 

We continue to grow, with our great students, staff and community!

 

The district focus this year has been “Education….the key to success!” We sincerely believe that every day in a classroom is an opportunity to impact the life of a child. We take that seriously and strive to continually improve.

 

Academically, we work to align curriculum, both between grade levels/subjects and from one grade level/subject to the next. While state standards have been repeatedly revised in recent years and textbooks are often not as current as we’d like, our teachers spend time together, particularly during the PLC (Professional Learning Community) time to address student needs. When we teach what they need to know, they succeed! Our PLCs focus on the Five That Drive: What do we want our students to learn? How will we know if they’ve learned it? What will we do if they didn’t learn it? What do we do if they did learn it? How do we continue to grow in our professional effectiveness? We appreciate the commitment and diligence of our certified staff.

 

Our support staff is second to none! Whether providing meals, transportation, secretarial, or custodial and maintenance services, the “extras” that are needed to run a school are in great hands at Hilldale. It really takes everyone to take care of our students – and we have the best!


In October, 2017, the patrons of Hilldale Schools approved a $15 million bond issue for the benefit of our students!

  • Textbooks and technology
  • A new secured entrance and offices at the elementary, adjoining the two buildings
  • New classrooms and a gym at the elementary
  • A new All-Sports Facility east of the football stadium, to provide locker rooms for soccer and other sports during the off season
  • Expansion of the current Baseball/Softball complex, providing new locker rooms, a training room, and coaches offices
  • Turf field at the football field

Thank you, Hilldale, for your continued financial support for our students! Watch our progress on this website, under “Facility Updates”.

 

We do have some visible construction going on, that is not part of the Bond Funding, paid through our Building Fund. We are renovating the old cafeteria space at the Upper Elementary into classrooms. We will have a new art room, a new music room, and two small classrooms for specialty classes. In addition, the old church next to the Upper Elementary is being renovated to house the current administration staff at Admin I and II, including the enrollment center. We expect both of these facilities to be completed and occupied mid-summer.

 

With all that has happened in recent months, we are all concerned about school security. This is a top priority at Hilldale. We continuously review procedures and security concerns throughout our buildings.

 

Our collaboration with the Muskogee Police Department has provided us with two outstanding School Resource Officers (SROs). They interact daily with our students and staff at school, yet are actively involved “on the streets” as well. It’s the perfect marriage to provide community policing and a safer school.

 

I would ask that you stay attuned to what’s going on with our stated and federal conversation related to education. It’s not pretty right now. The teacher shortage is the REAL DEAL, with nearly 2,000 emergency certified teachers in classrooms in Oklahoma. This is entirely due to the teacher shortage – fewer people going into education, more experienced teachers leaving the field for higher-paying private sector or government jobs, and others going to teach in surrounding states because of the low pay in Oklahoma. Teachers in Oklahoma have not received a state raise in ten years. In addition, the funding to schools for operational costs have declined and local budgets are terribly stretched. That’s one area of a mess. Secondly, are the new laws that place additional burdens on schools. Especially at the state level, hundreds of bills are filed each year that require more bureaucracy for schools. We believe in local control to the maximum level possible. Our local administrators and Board of Education can and should make decisions on the details of policy and running our school. Please stay informed and contact your legislators regarding school laws.

 

We have much to be proud of at Hilldale! We appreciate the support of our families!

Hilldale Public Schools500 E. Smith Ferry Rd.Muskogee, OK  74403

918-683-0273

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