Phillips 66 honored as outstanding community partner for the district

posted Aug 30, 2017, 8:07 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 8:09 AM ]

The Oklahoma State School Boards Association has named Phillips 66 a recipient of its Barbara Lynch Community Partner Award for extraordinary support of Bartlesville Public Schools.

“Phillips 66 is a perfect example of a community partner that has fully invested in its local public schools,” said Shawn Hime, OSSBA executive director. “The company is leaving a legacy that will benefit students in the community for generations.”

The company and district were honored last week at the association’s annual conference in Oklahoma City. Superintendent Chuck McCauley and school board members Scott Bilger, Alison Clark and Kevin Sitton, who all work at Phillips 66, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

“Phillips 66 shares our school district’s commitment to providing an exemplary educational experience that is comprehensive, challenging, and inspiration to all Bartlesville students so that they will realize their greatest potential and become positive contributors to their community,” McCauley said.

Phillips 66 is a longtime community partner for the district. It recently strengthened that commitment with a $1.7 million grant to fund innovation labs at Bartlesville's three secondary schools. The labs house and provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses at each secondary school.

The contribution built on previous efforts to help the district become a premiere STEM school district and underwrite better alignment of state, federal and local dollars to support and expand STEM. Over the last two years, the district has more than doubled its STEM course offerings at its middle schools and now offers seven specialized STEM courses at the high school.

The company provides matching funds for employee donation so the district, provides volunteer service grants based on individual and team volunteer hours and offers job shadowing and internship opportunities. Employees also serve as mentors and tutors to Bartlesville students. Several employees who speak languages other than English provide academic and language tutoring for Bartlesville students who are learning English; those employees also serve as translators at parent-teacher conferences and help interpret school documents.

The community partner award was created in honor of Barbara Lynch, who served on the Tulsa Technology Center Board of Education from 1986 to 2003. A committee of school board members who serve on the OSSBA Board of Directors select the award recipients.

OSSBA Award to P66
OSSBA President Roger Edenborough presents the Barbara Lynch Community Partner Award to Bartlesville school board members Kevin Sitton, Scott Bilger, and Alison Clark and Superintendent Chuck McCauley