was chosen by the Putnam City School Board
on Monday to serve as the district's next superintendent.He
has entered into a two-year contract with the district that will pay him about $145,000 a year.He
will take office on July 1.
...Hurst, who has worked for 32 years in education, said he's looking forward to learning more about the Putnam City district in the upcoming weeks.
"Of course, I'm truly excited about the opportunity to serve the boys and girls of the Putnam City School District
said."I appreciate the confidence the board has placed in me in that regard."Hurst
, 57, said among the first things he
hopes to do as superintendent is engage in a dialogue with the district's teachers, staff and patrons.He
hopes to glean ideas from the community so he
can learn what direction the district should move. He
also hopes to maintain and push the district's high academic standards forward and also hopes to be active in the school community.
Returning to the metro area will be a homecoming of sorts for Hurst
.He began his teaching career at Del Crest Junior High in Del City.He then became an assistant principal at Monroney and Kerr junior highs before moving into the administration offices of the Midwest City-Del City School District.He was serving as an assistant superintendent in the Mid-Del District when he took the superintendent's job in Tahlequah.He
has served as that district's top official since 2001.