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After his 19th year with Guymon Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent Mike Parkhurst is set to retire at the end of June.
Although Parkhurst doesn't have any specific plans after retirement, there are some things he is going to miss about working as Assistant Superintendent.
He says that he doesn't get to work around students as much as he used to, so he already misses that, but he will definitely miss working with the faculty and staff that he gets to work with every day.
"This is my 38th year in education and I've had 31 years in school administration here in Oklahoma," said Parkhurst. "It's been a great opportunity for me over the years to get to work in education and get to be around students and teachers and learn from them."
One thing that he hopes to see improvements on and to be continued is the completion of the Alumni Court and Memorial Wall that has been something he has put a lot of effort into.
"A project I have worked a lot on is the Alumni Court project," Parkhurst said. "I would like to see that continued in Guymon at the High School."
The patio area on the north side of the cafeteria is where the Alumni Court and Memorial Wall have begun.
Parkhurst said they are working to build a memorial wall to recognize the alumni that served in the military and to recognize others as a memorial where they can hang plaques to recognize them.
"That is still an ongoing project and we are still raising funds for that," said Parkhurst.
There is some additional brickwork and the memorial wall that they would like to have finished some day.
This is just one example of the everlasting impact that Parkhurst has made on Guymon Public Schools in his time here.
Students, faculty, and staff are sure to miss him just as much as he misses working with them after he starts his next chapter after retirement.