Supt. McCauley wins Medal for Excellence

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:46 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 4, 2020, 3:46 PM ]
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has named Bartlesville Superintendent Chuck McCauley as the winner of the 2020 Medal for Excellence in Elementary/Secondary Administration. The Foundation shared:

When he assumed the post in 2016, the district was facing a dire budget situation and low morale. In just three years, McCauley has led the passage of two historic bond issues, engaged stakeholders to develop and execute a strategic plan, and expanded opportunities for students.

“McCauley earned his way to the district’s top post through a soft-spoken leadership style combining humility with intelligence and drive – a combination that naturally attracts others toward a  shared vision of a better future for all children,” said Dan Droege, a founder of Bartlesville’s Public Education Advocates for Kids.

In his first 100 days as superintendent, McCauley engaged key stakeholders, from students and parents to district employees and community members, to help create a three-year strategic plan. Inspired by their input, the district has implemented several new programs, including a 1:1 Student Computing Initiative providing Chromebook computers for all students in grades 6-12; Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum for all K-5 classes; and a new agriculture program for secondary students. In addition, the district established an Alternative Therapeutic Learning Academic Setting (ATLAS) for elementary students who struggle in school due to trauma.

Many of those projects, as well as facility improvements, were made possible through the passage of a $19.4 million bond issue in 2016 and a $17.9 bond issue in 2019. The first bond issue was also critical in saving teaching positions and protecting class sizes.      

McCauley has also sought to improve school culture by engaging more with teachers through school site visits and community events. He hosts informal Coffee-with-Chuck discussions and has instituted the BPS Wellness Challenge, where school sites compete against each other for the highest participation in the Wooloroc 8K race.

During the education funding crisis in 2018, McCauley encouraged many fellow superintendents across the state to suspend school so teachers and parents could make their case at the State Capitol. He and his school board worked with local Rep. Earl Sears to develop a bipartisan funding plan that would eventually provide for $6,000 teacher pay raises and other critical needs. “Chuck McCauley’s commitment to public education has been etched in stone,” Sears said. “Chuck’s action for students and teachers has moved Oklahoma forward.”

McCauley will be honored at the Foundation's 34th annual Academic Awards Banquet on May 16 at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman. Stone Yang, a senior at Bartlesville High School, will also be recognized as an Academic All-Stater.  

Each year the Foundation recognizes 100 outstanding seniors statewide and also awards a Medal for Excellence to an outstanding educator in elementary teaching, secondary teaching, elementary/secondary administration, regional university/community college teaching, and research university teaching. In 2004, Bartlesville High School physics teacher Granger Meador received the Medal for Excellence in secondary teaching; he is now the Executive Director of Technology & Communications for the district. Each Medal for Excellence winner receives a $5,000 cash prize and a glass "Roots and Wings" sculpture, designed by the late Oklahoma artist Ron Roberts.
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