Administrative updates

posted May 16, 2019, 7:02 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 23, 2019, 2:20 AM ]
Education Service Center
The close of the 2018-2019 academic year brings with it some changes in administrative and support positions. The leadership team for Sodexo's facilities management is also in place.  

Administrative support to be restructured

Dianne Martinez
This summer the district will be restructuring its district-level support and oversight of various programs for the 2019-20 academic year. Dianne Martinez, currently the Exec. Dir. of Elementary and Middle Schools, will focus on the elementary schools while continuing to coordinate the district's professional development program. She will now assume responsibility for the district's Response to Intervention program, in which teachers implement various intervention strategies for struggling students.

Jason Langham
Jason Langham, currently the Exec. Dir. of Special Services and High School, will broaden his oversight to include the middle schools. With both Teacher Specialists at the Education Service Center assuming different duties in the district in 2019-20, those functions will be restructured to provide Mr. Langham assistance in the support and oversight of the district's Special Services program. The support for other programs supervised by Mr. Langham and/or Ms. Martinez, including state testing, curricular assessments, online curricular and professional development services, and English Language Development, will also be restructured.

Staci Bankston
At its May meeting, the Board of Education named 
Staci Bankston, currently the Teacher Specialist for Supplemental Services, to a new position of Assistant Principal at Wayside Elementary School.

Wayside is one of six elementary schools in the district. Bankston will assist Principal Ken Copeland at the school which now serves slightly more than one-quarter of the district's elementary school students. For perspective, Wayside has over 70 more students than any other district elementary school and now serves more students across Pre-Kindergarten through 5th Grade than are served in grades 6-8 at Central Middle School; Wayside is one of three feeder schools to Central.

Before coming to Bartlesville to handle administrative tasks for the English Language Development program and other priorities, from 2012-1018 Bankston worked in Dewey Public Schools as a technology integration coach, gifted and talented coordinator, reading department chair, and 5th grade team leader. Before that, she taught junior high science and was a curriculum alignment coordinator for Barnsdall Public Schools and an elementary and technology curriculum teacher in Avant.

In addition to her duties at Wayside, Bankston will continue to support the district's elementary STEM program, Project Lead the Way Launch. She will help manage the ordering of equipment and supplies as well as assist in module training. The PLTW Launch program will bring a third set of STEM modules to all Kindergarten through 5th Grade classrooms in 2019-20. The new modules will focus on engineering topics, adding to existing modules which mostly focus on computer science and biomedicine. The elementary STEM program has been funded primarily by the fundraising efforts of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation and the support of community partners like Arvest and ConocoPhillips.

Laura Salzyn
Laura Salzyn
, who has served for six years as the Teacher Specialist for Assessment and Accountability, has elected to return to the classroom in 2019-20. Salzyn is a former District Teacher of the Year who previously taught at the Ranch Heights and Hoover elementary schools. 

Sodexo Facilities Leadership

The outsourcing this spring of district maintenance to Sodexo and shift of the outsourced custodial services to the same firm includes three management positions.

David Barr
David Barr
 has been named the Sodexo Director of Facilities for the district. He has over 27 years of facilities management experience, most recently supporting the Harrisburg School District in Pennsylvania. He has supported research, commercial, and educational facilities over the years, managing as much as 3.5 million square feet and over 100 direct employees. He is building the custodial and maintenance teams and setting goals and implementing strategies which align with the mission of the district. Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Two seasoned district employees will assist Mr. Barr in supervising the district's custodial and maintenance services.

Roger Doty
Roger Doty
 has been named the Sodexo Environmental Services/Custodial Operations Manager for the district. He has been with the district since 2006, serving in leadership roles such as Director of Plant Services and Transportation. Prior to joining the district, Roger served Phillips Petroleum Company/ConocoPhillips. He brings his years of experience to focus on delivering excellence in environmental services. He is overseeing improved custodial training and supervision under Sodexo. Doty holds a Bachelor of Science in Education & Administration.

Don Krause
Don Krause
 has been named the Sodexo Facilities/Engineering Operations Manager for the district. He has been with the district for nine years and was named the district Classified Employee of the Year in 2017-18. He was previously a Parts and Service Manager at Doenges Toyota Ford. His leadership will support the maintenance team as it implements a computerized maintenance management system, Maximo. The deployment of Maximo this summer promises improved maintenance planning and tracking as the district begins to shift from a reactive to a preventative maintenance model.

Child Nutrition Program Remains Separate

Jon Beckloff
The district's Child Nutrition was already outsourced to Sodexo prior to the changes in custodial and facilities services. Jon Beckloff continues to direct the district's Child Nutrition program for Sodexo. That program is self-funded and separate from the Facilities programs directed by David Barr.