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December 26, 2013

Loafman’s first year as RRTC Superintendent successful

DUNCAN — As his first year in the role of Red River Technology Center superintendent draws to a close, Dennis Loafman said he is pleased with goals met and challenges overcome by the school.

Loafman took over the superintendent position January of last year after about four years as principal of RRTC. Before that, the Duncan native taught math and coached at Duncan High School for 22 years. Later, he incorporated teaching GED classes at Red River before transitioning there full-time.

The success in 2013 is looked at by Loafman as a credit to those who have held his position before and the staff currently at RRTC.

“I attribute it to the work of my predecessors who provided good leadership,” Loafman said. “We have a great staff who are doing excellent things and a wonderful board that is so supportive of our efforts.”

Only one of four superintendents of the school, Loafman is continuing the reputation laid down by Delbert Morrison, Jerry D. Morris and Ken Layn. Being superintendent, Loafman doesn’t deal with much of the day-to-day, but rather planning for the overall of the educational institution.

“I’ve been just learning the job and the support group I have has made it easy,” he said. “You can’t know everything, so you find the answer.”

One specific project Loafman has been working toward, with the help and advice of the board of education, is plans for a new precision machine and welding workshop building. This project was put into action by Layn before his retirement and is something Loafman hopes to see come to fruition in 2015.

Inside the building will be a welding shop with welding booths on the west side, a precision machine shop on the east and classrooms, offices, male and female restrooms and dressing rooms between the two shops. The building is a source of joy for those in the welding and precision machine department, Loafman said.

“They’re excited about having the new space,” he said. “It will provide great service to the students.”

Through all the challenges faced and goals achieved, Loafman said it is the staff and students of Red River Technology Center who pull it all together. In the last year, there have been 11 state contest champions from RRTC and the curriculum staff has worked on a new strategic plan Loafman said provides the right framework to move forward.”

“We’re only able to do these things because of the people in the community,” Loafman said. “Our partners place their trust in us to do our job. It’s a joy to work with all those people and I look forward to continuing those relationships.”

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