By Ryan Horton
The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration presented Dr. Jim McCharen the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual awards banquet hosted June 4.
The awards ceremony had to be completed virtually this year so Dr. McCharen and the Choctaw-Nicoma Park Central Office staff watched the presentation from the CNP Board Room.
Dr. McCharen was honored for his 48 years in education as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal, assistant superintendent and the last 18 years serving as the Choctaw-Nicoma Park Superintendent.
As noted, during this time Dr. McCharen displayed amazing leadership in many areas such as: fostering a partnership with Rose State College to provide free tuition for CHS graduates, passing the largest bond issue in CNP history which allowed for replacing two of our older school buildings, attending countless reading nights and school assemblies, unifying the CNP district with one mascot “Charlie” the Yellowjacket, transitioning junior high schools to middle schools, implementation of the Freshman Academy, creating the annual Teacher of the Year and Citizen of the Year Banquet, the creation of the CNP Historical Museum and providing the necessary resources for the CNP district to have success in all areas.
Dr. McCharen’s impact on the CNP community will surely be felt for generations to come.
His last official day at the helm of CNP Schools will be June 30.