Meet Our School Board
In February 2011 Cindy Gibbs started a new chapter in her service to Putnam City when she joined the district’s school board. For more than two decades Gibbs has been involved in her children’s education by volunteering in the classroom and serving in various PTA roles at Wiley Post Elementary, Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North. Cindy has four grandchildren, one of which attends Harvest Hills Elementary. Cindy holds a Vocational Home Economics Education degree and is currently working in public education. Cindy and her husband, Brian, have three children, all graduates from Putnam City schools. “I proudly serve the families of Putnam City in continuing our push for educational excellence. The educational and leadership opportunities in Putnam City prepared my children well for their future and I believe that all students deserve those same opportunities,” she says. Cindy ran unopposed for the school board in 2016 and began a term that will end in 2021.
Jay Sherrill joined the board in April 2015 when he was appointed to complete an unexpired term. He is a Putnam City High School graduate who returned with his wife, Jessica (a Putnam City West graduate), to the district to raise their two children and continue the Putnam City tradition they both so cherish. Jay holds a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma City University and is currently on a national leadership team with a technology focus for a worldwide diagnostic testing company. “I truly appreciate the opportunity to give back to the school district that provided me so much and hope to work diligently to ensure our students receive the best education,” he says.
Becky Gooch started her third term on the board in February 2018. She was originally elected in 2008 and then ran unopposed in 2013 and 2018. Becky and her husband, both graduates from the University of Oklahoma, have five children – two graduates from Putnam City North High School and three graduates from Putnam City West High School. Becky has served in numerous volunteer positions, including PTA President at Will Rogers Elementary, Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North High School. She also served as Putnam City Council PTA president for two years. She currently works for the Oklahoma State Senate as a Public Safety Legislative Analyst. "It is an honor and privilege to serve the students, staff, family and community of Putnam City Schools. I love this district!" she says.
Charity Avery joined the Putnam City Schools board of education in April 2019. She comes from a true Putnam City family. Charity is a proud member of the Putnam City West class of 1996. Her oldest daughter, mother, aunt and uncle also graduated from Putnam City West, her son attended district schools and her youngest daughter and her grandson are currently in district schools. Charity has been involved in Special Olympics for more than a decade and has also been part of the band booster club at Putnam City West. “I love the passion for education that is so clearly present in Putnam City’s school communities, and I really appreciate the opportunities our students have to participate in and excel in the arts. I’m excited to be part of a district that means so much to me,” she says.
In February 2015 Gail LoPresto began her fifth term on the board of education. She was first elected in July 1997 and ran unopposed in 2000, 2005 and 2015. LoPresto's advocacy for children began when she was expecting her first child in 1978 when Oklahoma City Public Schools was threatening to close the neighborhood school. She has been actively involved in PTA for the past 16 years, serving as president of the Mayfield Middle School PTA for two years. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate.