Dr. Quinn Recognized for Years of Service

posted May 21, 2016, 7:02 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated May 21, 2016, 8:51 AM ]

On May 19, 2016 Dr. Gary Quinn was honored for his 17 years of service as the Superintendent of Bartlesville Public Schools. He will be retiring in June, with Chuck McCauley slated as the new superintendent.

A community reception was held in the Commons Area at Bartlesville High School, the showpiece of the latest link in a chain of district-wide facility improvements through multiple large bond issues passed during Dr. Quinn's tenure. Many current and former school board members and community leaders were on hand.

Incoming superintendent McCauley noted how Dr. Quinn helped hire him 15 years ago to be an assistant principal at the high school and nurtured his career. He praised Supt. Quinn for the climate that he has engendered in the schools, improving facilities and student achievement amidst changing community demographics.

School Board President Scott Bilger noted how the average tenure of a superintendent in Oklahoma is about 3.5 years and how Dr. Quinn's 17 years of leadership showed his commitment to the community. Mr. Bilger also highlighted what Dr. Quinn had said in a recent feature article in the Examiner-Enterprise newspaper:

I pray every day for these kids, and it is real important to me that they are safe and that we are taking good care of them. -Gary Quinn

Dianne Martinez, the Executive Director of Elementary Education, spoke about how she had seen Dr. Quinn in both good and bad times for the district over his long tenure. She recalled his delight in student achievements and successful bond issues as well as his worried concern about keeping students safe and weathering many state funding cuts. Ms. Martinez mentioned that she had seen many emotions from Dr. Quinn, but never anger, and she had never heard him say anything hurtful about others even in the most trying of situations.

I found him to be a man of great character, determination, and kindness. He has a servant's heart. -Dianne Martinez

Dr. Quinn's Remarks
In his remarks, Dr. Quinn rattled of an impressive tally of the number of events and meetings he had attended over the years, laughing about his memories of early morning drives to check winter roads and how he would be happy to give that up. He recognized relatives in the audience and spoke of the contributions and sacrifices his wife, Julia, and his three boys, Adam, Aaron, and Andrew, had made on his behalf in supporting his career. All three boys graduated from Bartlesville High School and Julia taught in several different roles in the district. Dr. Quinn thanked the many community members and district staff who made his tenure successful.

A long line of well wishers then gathered to congratulate and thank Dr. Quinn for his service.
Dr. Quinn get a hug
Dr. Quinn gets a hug at his retirement reception.

Bart awards Quinn
Athletic Director Tim Bart presented Dr. Quinn with an honorary letterman award and a trophy.