Superintendent Joe Kitchens thinks technology will keep students in school and on track to graduate. The 20-year-leader of the Western Heights school district in suburban Oklahoma City is focusing on a strong telecommunications network and analyzing student data through various platforms to raise the 63 percent graduation rate.
Kitchens has always been ahead of the game technologically. In the 1990s, he connected all his school buildings with fiber optics and put computers and video conferencing software in all classrooms. “I’ve consistently worked with outstanding board members and a special community,” he says. “Together we’ve passed bonds and worked to receive grants to provide the technology we need to be successful as a district.”