Perry Public Schools board of education approved the hiring of two leadership positions today.
Joe Jacobs, the current principal at Perry Upper Elementary School, will be moving into a new role as the Director of Operations for the school district. This position fills the open transportation director job, previously held by Bev Dunn who retired after 33 years of service. In addition to managing the transportation department, Jacobs will take on the instrumental responsibility of leading the school’s safety and security efforts, as well as overseeing all facilities and operations.
This is a prime time to reevaluate and amp up all school safety measures. The school board is pleased to see Jacobs take on this important initiative and serve as a dedicated resource to enhance safety protocols, crisis plans, and emergency preparedness.
“Mr. Jacobs has done an admirable job as principal for the past five years through some very challenging times,” said Dr. Terry McCarty, school superintendent. “His experience and dedication to our students and staff will serve him well in this capacity. I have no doubt that he will make an immediate positive impact to improve our system and processes.”
Also approved at today’s school board meeting was a replacement to fill Jacobs’ principal seat. The board hired Lori Justus as principal for Perry Upper Elementary School.
Justus, a Newkirk native, has been in education for more than 20 years with experience as a classroom teacher and administrator. Most recently, she spent the past two years as the principal at Pawhuska High School.
She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
When asked what motivates her to be an educator, Justus commented, “I love being a part of building the foundation for our future. I believe that education is a vital tool that can teach children the fundamental skills necessary to live successful lives. I want to foster a positive school environment where the entire school community feels a sense of being accepted, valued, and welcomed. My hope is that students will have a positive impression of education, be lifelong learners, and productive citizens.”
Her husband of 23 years, Talby Justus, recently joined the coaching staff for the OSU Cowgirl basketball program. Together, they have three children, one of which will enroll at Perry High School.
Dr. McCarty expanded, “We have made some key moves and welcomed some incredible new hires this summer that I’m really excited about. We're focused on making diligent staffing decisions to make us better every day and continue our tradition of excellence."
Both positions are effective July 1, 2022.