Assistant Supt. Matt Goucher to take on superintendent position


El Reno Board of Education approved the hire of Matt Goucher as the new district leader, following a search facilitated by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA). A familiar face to ERPS students, staff, and community, Goucher, who is currently serving as the district’s assistant superintendent, will begin his duties as superintendent July 1 upon Craig McVay’s retirement.

“Matt has a very clear vision of where the district is right now and where we need to be heading as a district to continue on a positive trajectory,” El Reno School Board President Dorrie Parrott said. “With Goucher already being a part of our district family, that is a positive. With where our district is at the moment, due to the pandemic, the board also felt Mr. Goucher would provide a sense of normalcy for our staff and students. What was even more of a positive was the plan he presented during his interview. It was evident to all board members that Goucher has a great plan to help El Reno continue to move upward and onward.”

Goucher has been with El Reno Public Schools since the start of his career as an educator. Receiving a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1992, he took his first job as a biology teacher and coach at El Reno. In 2002, after obtaining a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Central Oklahoma, Goucher moved into administration.

“As someone who has been with the district for more than 30 years, knowing our teachers, students and principals, I’m honored to represent them as their next superintendent,” Goucher said. “Together, I know we will continue to work extremely hard to provide numerous opportunities for the students in El Reno and help our district continue on a positive path forward.”

Continuing his career at El Reno Public Schools as an administrator, Goucher previously served as the junior high, secondary, and high school principal and from 2002 to 2013 served as the director of student services and director of principal leadership. In 2013, after more than 20 years with El Reno Public Schools, Goucher accepted the position of assistant superintendent. Goucher will officially begin his duties as superintendent at the end of the school year upon McVay’s retirement.

As part of the search process, El Reno school board members worked with OSSBA to launch an online survey, which allowed community members to provide input about the qualities they wanted in the next superintendent. OSSBA, on the board’s behalf, also hosted numerous focus group meetings with district staff. OSSBA performs superintendent searches throughout the state for school districts of all sizes, including recent hires for Frontier, Deer Creek, Edmond, Woodland, and Glenpool.  The non-profit organization advertises the districts’ openings, recruits potential candidates, furnishes an online application management system, and provides guidance and support through the process.