It becomes official Monday, March 3. Dr. Jason Simeroth will be resigning as superintendent of Durant Schools.
On Feb. 20, Dr. Simeroth was hired superintendent of the Yukon School District, effective July 1.
Simeroth said he wasn’t looking to go anywhere but when God put this opportunity in front of him he had to take it.
He said this was one of the most difficult decisions he has ever made but to be closer to family he decided to go.
With both his parents and his wife’s parents aging, he said this opportunity was God timing. He said although he and his family will miss Durant very much, they do have friends and family in the area they plan to move to as well.
Simeroth graduated from OU and then began his career as a seventh grade teacher and coach in Mustang Oklahoma. He has also held the title of curriculum director at Mustang and executive curriculum director in Putnam Oklahoma.
During his time at these schools Simeroth said he lived in Yukon. Simeroth said when he began at Durant he had planned to stay at least until his children graduated but it seemed God had other plans.
Simeroth’s daughter will be going to her new school as a senior in high school while his son will be entering eighth grade.
He said when he first came to Durant he fell in love with the place immediately.
“When I came here to take this role, it was a no brainer,” said Simeroth, saying Durant was a great district and an upward move in his career.
Simeroth said the people he works with in Durant make him love coming to work each day.
“Everything has been a ‘we’ thing,” he noted.
He said the teachers here are willing to step out on a limb and try new things to progress the district. Two projects that he is particularly proud to have been a part of he said were completing the new high school and implementing the one to one laptop program in the schools.
Simeroth said he plans to take what he has learned over his six years in Durant and use it to help the Yukon district grow.
He said he doesn’t have any actual plans on what he wants to accomplish in his new position however because he wants to get to know the community before forming a plan.
Simeroth said his family has not yet begun to make plans for their move but he expects to sell his Durant home and buy a home in Yukon before the next school year. He will finish out his term in Durant for this school year.
- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news