18 Discover Durant 2018 Doug Adamson, Jr. Executive Vice President * Chief Lending Officer President-Oklahoma Division Tyler Adamson: Loan Officer 2801 W. University Blvd. Office: 580-924-0888 • Cell: 580-920-5988 www.TexasStarBank.com 60711592 For more than 100 years, Durant Public Schools has served as the flagship of our community. With a proud history of outstanding achievement, winning both state and national honors in academics, music, and sporting events, Durant ISD is poised to carry on the tradition of excel- lence. Each of the seven DISD sites is committed to offering current curriculum and digital tools to provide an excep- tional educational experience for every student. Students at all sites are excel- ling under the Oklahoma state testing program. Within the Oklahoma Academ- ic Performance rating system, students in grades 3 thru 8 scored an average of 180 points higher than the state average last year. Durant High School boasts academic accomplishment with thirteen National Merit Scholars in the last fifteen years and nearly 60% of all graduates pursuing higher education. Behind the success of DISD, is the commitment of our award-winning faculty. With over 71% of the faculty holding advanced degrees, teachers demonstrate that high expecta- tions are not just something they teach, but something they live. Community involvement has been the key to success for Durant Public Schools. Durant’s booming economy has created over 5000 new jobs in the past 10 years making employment growth in Bryan County the highest in the state. With new employment opportunities, come new families and in turn new students for Durant Schools. This recent economic expansion has led Durant Schools to its highest enrollment ever with a population exceeding thirty six hundred students. Durant citizens vote to support school bond issues on a regular basis, which ensures that students are provided with a safe and educationally sound learning environment. Parents, faculty, business members, and volunteers all play active roles in Durant ISD schools. The Durant High School was built on Gerlach Drive and opened for the 2011-12 school year. Other structures that were completed after the building opened in- clude a vocational/agricultural classroom building, softball and baseball field, tennis courts and football practice facilities. The football practice fields are equipped with lights. Durant’s multi-million dollar High School has a new facility for sports that, as they say, “levels the playing field.” The name multi-sports says it all. It has areas for football with markings on the field just like a football field. Track runners can run around the outside edge of the surface. Batting nets can be lowered to catch base- balls or golf balls that are hit. The turf even has home plate as well as bases for baseball base running and practice. Durant’s public school system has been mentioned by two Oklahoma governors as being exceptional schools and in the last 16 years had nine teachers make the state’s top list. The high school also fol- lows the four-by-four program, requiring all graduates to have four courses in the core curriculum program for each year. The district’s achievement scores are above national and state levels. With the help of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program, the district has begun programs such as the Truancy Court project and Reconnecting Youth to lower drop-out rates and give an extra boost to those students who may need just a little more help. Durant ISD has three times the number of faculty with advanced degrees than the state average, with 100 percent of the early childhood teachers having a mas- ter’s degree. The school district also can boast of its award-winning band, choir, drill team, athletics and cheerleading programs. The six campuses comprising Durant ISD are: Durant High School, Durant Middle School, Durant Intermediate School, and three elementary campuses named Northwest Heights, Washington Irving and Robert E. Lee Early Childhood Center. Education SUPERINTENDENT Duane Merideth (580) 924-1276 1323 Waco St., Durant www.durantisd.org Southern Pointe Living Center Schedule a visit today to see why so many seniors call us home! 101 Sherrard St., Colbert, OK | 580- 296-4500 60711562