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Voters Have Approved Beaver County/High Plains Technology Center Annexation.

Joe Denoyer - January 10, 2024 8:04 am

From the High Plains Technology Center

Voters in Beaver County voted Tuesday, January 9th to approve annexation into the High Plains Technology Centers district. This will be the first CareerTech in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

“High Plains Technology Center district is very excited at the opportunities that lie in front of us to bring an area Technology center to the Panhandle of Oklahoma. The local, county, and state leadership that led the effort in bringing this vote to the people have secured increasing the educational opportunities for their students and support for the Businesses and Industries that call Beaver County home. We are excited about the annexation of Beaver County for the simple fact that Oklahoma Career Tech for the first time in our state’s history is established in the Panhandle of Oklahoma! On a personal note, I recognize that not everyone was in favor of this vote. Yet throughout the process of the information dissemination we did at town meetings this fall, respect among the people regardless of the side they were on was apparent at every discussion. In closing, I would just say America could learn a lot from the people of the Panhandle and Beaver County about how to agree and disagree and remain friends.” Barclay Holt, Superintendent, High Plains Technology Center.

High Plains Technology Center was established by a vote of the electorate of the district on April 28, 1981. The vote was held in Woodward, Mooreland, Buffalo, Fort Supply, and Sharon-Mutual school districts. After certification of the vote, the State Board of Vocational and Technical Education recognized the district to begin operation under the supervision and administration of the State Department of Career and Technology Education. Fargo joined the district in 1983, Gage in 1994 and Vici was added to the district in 2009. High Plains Technology Center is part of a network of 29 career technology centers across the state. Pending approval from the Oklahoma CareerTech State Department, HPTC’s district will now encompass all of Beaver County as well.

 

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