MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING SUPERINTENDENT

I’m writing this message with the hope that you and your loved ones are safe and in good health.  Zuni Public Schools have been and will continue the 2020-2021 school year in a remote learning model through the end of the first semester.  As I have received comments expressing either relief or disappointment about this decision, I certainly can understand both perspectives and appreciate that there are many circumstances that we each are living that lead to these feelings. As the Acting Superintendent, I would like nothing more than to assure you that all will be well; however, in many ways our lives are being guided by how the Coronavirus spreads and mutates.  As of yet, there is not enough scientific information on the effects on children both short and long term. In addition, we want to protect the health and safety of all of our faculty/staff members.  Remote learning will not replace the quality of in-person instruction that our students normally receive, but we will do the very best we can to meet the academic and non-academic needs of all of our students during this public health crisis.
 
Over the past several months, our model for education literally shifted overnight. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the need to create new systems and structures for providing all students with a quality education, while maneuvering through challenging and what seems to be ever changing conditions. As we consider what lies ahead, we will adapt and adjust to these conditions, to ensure that we are working to meet the needs of every Zuni Public Schools student.

Although the school year currently is proceeding in a non-traditional manner, our overarching goal to educate our students to their highest potential has not changed. We are committed to work together to achieve the following guiding principles to provide a firm foundation to support our decision making, as we navigate through our constantly evolving conditions for the school year:

  • Keeping students and staff safe and healthy
  • Maintaining continuity of instruction
  • Ensuring access and equity for all students
  • Communicating with stakeholders (i.e. staff, families, ZFUSE and community)
  •  Ensuring flexibility to meet the needs and advocate for all students, while maintaining fiscal solvency for the district


We know that there are many adjustments that everyone is making with regard to remote learning; and we sincerely applaud your efforts to work through these unprecedented times.  Please know that we are here to support you in any way possible, as you support your students in learning from the safety of home. We are looking forward to the return of students to our school sites, just as soon as conditions are safe to do so.  As we look to the future, we will face the year ahead in a positive and productive manner, as we work together through these difficult and challenging times.  My wish for everyone is to stay strong, stay safe, and stay well.  Please remember that everyday we are one step closer to being on the other side of this pandemic.

Randy Stickney

Randy Stickney

Acting Superintendent

Mrs. Stickney began her employment with the Zuni Public School District in July 2014. She is the Director of Instructional Support Services. Prior to coming to ZPSD, she served as Superintendent for Hammon Public Schools in Oklahoma for 12 years. In addition, her responsibilities included Federal Programs; Special Education; grant writing and oversight; and Child Nutrition.

During her tenure at Hammon, the district successfully secured low interest bond monies to renovate the Elementary School; passed it's first-ever bond issue to construct a district-wide cafeteria and monolithic dome gymnasium which also serves as the community-wide storm shelter; installed security cameras on busses and security systems at building entrances; started a Boys and Girls Club; and received the 21st Century and Carol White PE grants.

Mrs. Stickney was honored by her peers as the Oklahoma Association of School Administrator's (OASA) District 13 Administrator of the Year and was active in community projects such as serving as president of the local public library board and as president of a civic organization responsible for providing scholarships to students.

Before going to Hammon Schools, Mrs. Stickney served as Superintendent for Ninnekah Public Schools in Oklahoma for 8 years. Other responsibilities included Federal Programs; Special Education; Child Nutrition; Transportation; grant writing and oversight; and Library Media. During her tenure at Ninnekah, the district successfully passed a bond issue to renovate the Elementary School and partial renovation of the gymnasium and received the Oklahoma State Department of Education Small School Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) award for accuracy and timeliness in financial reporting.

Ms. Stickney also was honored by her peers as the first female superintendent in Grady County. During her twenty years as superintendent in Oklahoma, she was active in Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA), OASA and Organization of Rural Oklahoma Schools (OROS). She served on the Superintendent's Advisory Councils for both the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma State Department of CareerTech.

Mrs. Stickney began her educational career in Comanche Public Schools where she served in a variety of positions including High School Counselor, Library Media Specialist, Gifted/Talented Teacher, Academic Team Coach, Yearbook Advisor, Creative Writing Teacher and French Teacher.

Mrs. Stickney obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Education in Speech Communications from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. She was honored as top graduate with a 4.00 grade point average. She was on the college debate team and co-recipient of the Linscheid Award for Outstanding Public Speaker. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. She was co-recipient of the honor of top graduate with a 4.00 grade point average.

In addition, Mrs. Stickney completed principal's certification from East Central. She received her superintendent's certification and additional post-graduate work with an emphasis in School Law from the University of Oklahoma (OU) and University of Oklahoma Law School in Norman. While at OU, she served as editor of the publication for the National Organization for Legal Proceedings in Education (NOLPE) and as research associate for the Department of Educational Leadership.

She firmly ascribes to Stephen Covey's tenet that we should not be products of our circumstances, but rather we should be products of our decisions. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris, Elementary Counselor for ZPSD. They have been married for over 40 years.

 

Contact

Randy Stickney
Acting Superintendent
randy.stickney@zpsd.org

Jasmine Garcia
Executive Administrative Assistant
jasmine.garcia@zpsd.org

10 Sandy Springs Road
PO Drawer A
Zuni, NM 87327

Ph: (505) 782-5511 ext. 2008
Fx: (505) 782-5505

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm