Lawton Public Schools (LPS) was named a Grand Prize winner of the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) 2024 Magna Award. The Magna Awards have a long history of recognizing exemplary school district programs.

“The Magna Awards spotlight innovative programs that are making a difference for students and the communities where they live,” NSBA Executive Director and CEO Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs said. “These award winners serve as shining examples of what can be achieved when creativity and dedication intersect in the pursuit of excellence."

The 2024 awards recognize district programs that solved a challenge with creativity and out-of-the-box strategies. LPS was chosen for its Life Ready Center and partnerships “with educational organizations and universities to provide students introductory and advanced electives that enable them to explore several career paths.”

“We are always looking to improve the educational landscape for our students and future generations,” LPS Superintendent Kevin Hime said. “When our students walk across the stage, we want them enrolled, enlisted, employed. The LRC is just one pathway to help our students discover the opportunities they have after graduation. Our staff has done an amazing job!” 

As a grand prize winner, the district will send representatives in April to present at the NSBA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Winners will be highlighted in the April issue of “American School Board Journal,” set to be published online on March 19 at