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Kevin Engle named high school principal
9/27/2013 5:19:15 PM
Last Updated:
7/20/2017 8:59:04 AM


by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

The Newkirk Board of Education hired Kevin Engle as the NHS principal last Thursday night.  

Engle, a 2004 graduate of NHS, has been the high school principal/head football coach at DCLA the past three years.  

Dr. Maurisa Pruett, the principal the past two years, is now in charge of Federal Programs.   “I’m excited to be back in Newkirk,” Engle said Monday. “My educational experience in Newkirk was a positive one, I think back and realize that I received a great foundation at Newkirk. I’m excited to come back as an administrator and be part of the education process.”

“I have deep roots here,” he added. “The values I learned here have served me well in my career and I know it will continue to help me in the future.”

Engle will be an assistant football coach and also assist with junior high wrestling. “I wanted to keep coaching,” Engle said. “As an assistant, I won’t be bogged down with the administrative side of things, I can just worry about my position group and coach kids to get better. I enjoy the relationships that coaching builds. I’m excited to help coach Powers get things going.”

Engle previously taught/coached at DCLA, Ponca City, Ft. Gibson, and Mounds. Engle’s wife Lesley teaches at Tonkawa, they have two children, Kasen, 5, and London, 1.  

“We are extremely excited on hiring Kevin Engle as our High School principal,” said superintendent Brady Barnes.   “Great hire for our school and community.  Mr. Engle is great when it comes to curriculum and building positive relationships with students.”

Regarding Dr. Pruett’s reassignment, Barnes said, “Last year we had outsourced our federal programs out to another company.  Dr. Pruett will do an excellent job with that program.  We are also going to use her as director of special education and district test coordinator.”

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