OWASSO -- Dr. Clark Ogilvie is going on 10 years as superintendent of Owasso Public Schools. Prior to his tenure at OPS, he was a superintendent at Berryhill Public Schools.
This coming year, Ogilvie will serve as president of Oklahoma Association of School Administrators. He has also served as president of the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals, Urban Suburban School Association and Tulsa County Superintendents Associations.
Last week, he was honored among 21 superintendents from across the state of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators at its annual awards banquet in Norman.
For the second time in his career, Ogilvie was named the 2013 District 5 Superintendent of the Year.
District 5 includes most of Tulsa County primarily and some of Washington County, including Tulsa, Union, Jenks, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Bartlesville, Berryhill, Sperry and Skiatook.
"It's very, very humbling to be recognized in the same conversation with the quality of superintendents that we have in this area," Ogilvie said.
Ogilvie says he has been excited to be at Owasso since day one.
"I really enjoy it here, it's a great community," he said. "I think the thing I enjoy the most is it is a Class 6A school district, but it doesn't feel like that. It feels much smaller. There's a real closeness in the community, a real camaraderie, a real can-do spirit."
Ogilvie said Owasso has seen about $100 million approved through bond elections.
"We have done a number of bond issues over the past nine years that I have been here, and we have had total support," he said. "Usually those bond issues have passed by comfortable margins. To have the support … that we have here, it is really a great place to be."
Ogilvie's proudest accomplishment in the last decade?
"The team and community that we have built to serve our kids," he said. "We have a really talented staff and a really talented administration, and of course the students are the ones that going to benefit."
Ogilvie has an impressive resume, but he is not done yet. With several superintendents exiting this year and next, Ogilvie said he hopes to step up to fill their shoes as lobbyist at the capitol and as a leader in the Tulsa area.
"Some of the superintendents that we are losing due to retirement this year, an incredible amount of history is being lost, as well as ability. The names that come to mind to me of course are Dr. Cathy Burden and Dr. Kirby Lehman at Jenks, Keith Ballard next year.
"They are all advocates for public education on every level, and it is now time for the current administrator to pick up where they are leaving off."