NORMAN — Dr. Roger Brown has been an educator for 30 years, a career that has helped shape the education of thousands of students in Moore, Putnam City and Norman. He is retiring as Norman Public Schools assistant superintendent for administrative services at the end of this month.
A Norman native, Brown’s teaching and administrative career was in the Moore and Putnam City districts. He joined Norman Public Schools as director of secondary education nine years ago.
Six years ago, he moved to an administrative services position, where his attention has been devoted to all of those support services that make the schools run efficiently and effectively: building and campus maintenance, security, child nutrition and a host of other details.
Brown said central services staff members — those who perform maintenance and repair on the district’s facilities — are very dedicated to the schools and district.
“The facilities are so important. They set the tone of expectation from the moment you arrive on the campus,” he said.
This winter, the weather provided challenges for the staff, Brown said.
“Their work goes on days, nights and weekends,” making the school buildings ready for the first bell each morning, he said.
A major part of each day for Brown these past years has been in the oversight of the projects made possible through the 2009 bond issue. Included were projects of repair, remodel and construction throughout the district, including the recently completed administrative office building.
He cites the new agriculture building on the Norman High campus as a project that has given him special pleasure.
“We have such a strong agriculture program, and they were operating in an old, portable building that was just worn out. It had outlived its time,” Brown said.
Brown grew up in Norman, attending Wilson Elementary, Longfellow Middle School, Central Mid High and graduating from Norman High in 1979. Four years later, he did his practice teaching in history classes at Moore’s Central Mid High. He recalled how he got his first job offer.