Monday, December 22, 2014


 

About Leslie F. Roblyer Middle School

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Opening its doors in 1995, Leslie F. Roblyer Middle School is the newest school in the El Reno district.  Roblyer Middle School is a 6th-7th grade center that transitions students from an elementary to a secondary environment.

Presently, Roblyer MS serves approximately 320 students with 41 faculty and staff members.  Roblyer MS has been named a Great Expectations Model School for 9 consecutive years.


 

The Men Behind The Name


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Leslie F. Roblyer Middle School
 
Leslie F. Roblyer was born June 16, 1925.  Mr. Roblyer says his first experience with good people was at the school where he grew up.  He says his mother was his main influence.  She always encouraged him.
 
After graduation from El Reno High School, he joined the U.S. Air Force.  Navigating B-17 became his next task.  When his time in the service was completed he returned to serve El Reno Public Schools for 42 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.  During those years he navigated his staff like a B-17, always feeling fortunate that he found good hardworking people to make up his staff.  Mr. Roblyer retired in 1990. 
 
In 1995, he received the honor of a new middle school bearing his name.  His advice to the young people who pass through its doors is this:
1. Set as your goal each day the accomplishment of two more things than you think possible and then work at that speed.
2. You must accept detours, pot holes, and delays en route to opportunities for getting a different view.
3. You should be certain that you thank those who give you good direction as you travel the road to success; this may be parents, teachers, the custodian, a neighbor, or a classmate.

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The Vernon Reuter Activity Center
 
Vernon Reuter was born May 15, 1925, in El Reno, Oklahoma.  His early childhood was spent on his father's farm southwest of El Reno.  He enjoyed daily chores, going to school, attending church and Sunday school.  Vernon was the oldest of four brothers, which made life extremely interesting and busy.  He attended Eureka Grade School in the Heaston community.
 
After graduating from El Reno High School, he served in the US Army for two years.  He was a veteran of the European Theater in World War II.  In 1946, he returned home to resume his farming occupation.  He gave himself joyfully to the everyday task of tilling the soil and tending the cattle.  In 1947, he and his new wife, Mary, settled on a farm southwest of El Reno.  He lovingly cared for his family and was a constant source of encouragement and support to each one.
 
Vernon began serving on the El Reno Board of Education in 1967 and served for 32 years.   He enjoyed working with people and was a faithful participant in the life of the El Reno school system.  Vernon lived a life of deep and abiding faith in God that has impacted many.  He was a lifetime member of Heaston Community Church.  He was a firm believer that making a living was important, but living for the Maker was more important.  His favorite Bible verse was exemplified in his everyday life: He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God in whom I trust." Psalms 91:1-2

Nuzum Memorial Bell Tower
 
Mr. Bill Nuzum was employed with El Reno Schools for over 20 years.  Much of the behind-the-scenes work that makes a school successful was guided by Mr. Nuzum.  He donated the bell in the Nuzum Memorial Bell Tower.  The Nuzum family found the bell at an old schoolhouse in Pensacola, Florida.  The bell weighs about 300 pounds, and was made around the time of the Civil War.
 
Mr. Nuzum is also an active re-enactor with the local historical society.  El Reno's kindergarten classes yearly enjoy a wagon trip pulled by his mules.  The donated bell is in memory of his son Bryan King and his grandson Brandon King.  Bryan was killed in a car wreck at the age of 28.  Brandon died of an aneurysm at the age of 10.  They both attended El Reno Public Schools.
 
Bill and his wife Pat, who was also employed with the school system, turned their sadness into a beautiful gift that they were happy to donate.  The bell tower is a significant part of the appeal in the design of our school.
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