Board selects Moore assistant superintendent

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Beverly Moore, Pawhuska Assistant Superintendent

The Pawhuska Board of Education named Beverly Moore to be assistant superintendent of schools Friday. Moore had been one of 13 candidates who applied for the superintendent position, which the board hired David Cash to fill.

Moore, 55, is well-known in Pawhuska, where she previously worked as an educator for some 30 years, including as principal of Indian Camp Elementary School. She departed two years ago, to become principal and superintendent at McCord Public Schools, in western Osage County.

Moore said she regards community support as essential for successful educational efforts.

“I think that community is a big part of a child’s education — crucial,” Moore said. “I believe that all children can learn, at different paces.”

Pawhuska’s new district administrators will now be able to turn their attention to preparing for the 2018-19 school year, and making sure needed classes are available at workable times in the school schedule.

July was a busy month for the Pawhuska Board of Education. While searching for a new superintendent, and then creating a post for an assistant superintendent and filling that, the board met eight times, including its regular monthly meeting on July 16, and seven special called meetings.

In a July 25 special meeting, the board introduced new superintendent David Cash and voted 4-0 to create an assistant superintendent position.

The board tabled any vote July 25 on whether to immediately fill the assistant superintendent job, and tabled a vote on the possibility of commissioning an external financial audit. These issues had been among the elements of the board’s agenda for an hour-long executive session that morning.

“I’m really very excited, my family’s excited,” Cash told the Journal-Capital. He said he and his family have done some research about Pawhuska, and liked the positive energy they saw represented in materials they reviewed. He is a former superintendent at Chickasha and Locust Grove.

Cash had already reported to his new job in Pawhuska, and school district administrative officials had begun briefing him and introducing him within the district.

“I want to welcome Mr. Cash as superintendent,” Pawhuska board member Mike Tolson said July 25. “I hope everyone will be as encouraged and excited as I am.”

Tolson thanked Byron Cowan, principal of Pawhuska Elementary School, for his service as interim superintendent, and indicated the Board of Education wanted to include Cash in consideration of a possible assistant superintendent hire.

“I look forward to the opportunity for Mr. Cash to be involved in that process,” Tolson said. When the board decided July 27 to hire Moore as assistant superintendent, Cash made the recommendation.