The Pryor Times


June 24, 2014

Linihan named District 6 Superintendent of the Year

PRYOR, OK — Adair School Superintendent Tom Linihan has been named the 2014 District 6 Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.

Linihan is one of 20 superintendents selected by his peers for this award from 20 regions across the state. These administrators were recognized at the OASA awards banquet June 4 on the eve of the Annual Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Conference. They were honored by collegues along with the District Assistant Superintendent/Central Office Administrator finalists. The conference was June 5 and 6 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman.

“We congratulate Superintendent Linihan for being selected by the colleagues for his leadership. service and accomplishments in education,” said Steven Crawford, Executive Director of OASA. “These administrators are chosen for their significant accomplishements in education, involvement in professional activities and active role in their communities,” Crawford said.

Linihan has served as Adair Public School superintendent since 1996. Under his direction the district has implemented a number of changes and passed five bond issues. Linihan began his education career as a teacher and coach for Adair. He taught at Salina and was the principal and athletic director at Afton Public Schools. He also served as Adair’s high school principal.

“I am extremely humbled to be recognized by my peers as the District 6 Superintenden of the Year,” Linihan said. “Even though this is the third time I have received the honor, it is still very rewarding. I have been priviledged to be a public school educator for 36 years and am proud to say I am a teacher. At Adair Public School our mission statement says ‘Everyone learns” and that encompasses everyone from myself to the Pre-K student on the first day of school.”

Linihan and his wife Laurie, a special education paraprofessional for Pryor Public Schools, have two children. Daughter Kristin is an elementary school teacher and son Brent is a seminary student.


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