CV Tech's Board of Education Selects Lutts As School's First Female Superintendent

Gayla Lutts

March 6, 2018

YUKON – Gayla Lutts of Yukon has been selected as the next superintendent at Canadian Valley Technology Center, following a special meeting of the CV Tech Board of Education on Monday night. The change is effective Aug. 10.

Lutts, 50, is CV Tech’s first female superintendent and will become one of just three ladies serving as technology center superintendents statewide.

Lutts has been serving as the school’s deputy superintendent since December 2015. She has also been a campus director, student services director, academic center instructor and a classroom instructor since coming to CV Tech in 1999.

She will succeed Dr. Greg Winters, who has served as superintendent since August 2008. Winters is retiring in August after nearly 44 years in education.

“I am so honored with the board of education’s decision, and I look forward to creating a healthy, inclusive culture of continuous improvement,” Lutts said.

She believes key issues ahead include accommodating for rapid growth of the district, meeting the workforce needs of area businesses and preparing students for success in an ever-evolving society.

“Canadian Valley's district is fortunate to be in one of the fastest growing areas of the nation, and we are primed for growth.

“It is critical that we maintain strong collaborative partnerships with businesses and industries to keep us on the cutting edge of 21st Century education and workforce needs.”

CV Tech expansion includes plans to effectively double the size of the Cowan Campus in a transition that will result in the campus becoming the go-to site for health-related education. In addition, an educational wing will be built on the north side of CV Tech’s El Reno Campus. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

CV Tech was founded in August 1970 and today is one of 29 technology center districts in Oklahoma. The 1,500-square mile district stretches north to Piedmont, south to Rush Springs, east to Bethany and west to Calumet. CV Tech operates campuses in El Reno, Yukon and Chickasha.  

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead our team of talented faculty and staff as we strive to not only help students achieve but meet the needs of businesses in our area and help them prosper. 

“As business and industry changes and society evolves, I am proud to stand for equality and fairness. The mission of Career Tech is for students to gain certifications and get jobs. This benefits our economy and contributes to the betterment of society.” 

Lutts began her teaching career in 1991 at Del City High School. While there, Lutts implemented a program for students who were failing most of their classes. She sought to motivate them to take control of their life, make better choices and to raise their grades.

She was the recipient of the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award in honor of the nation's most outstanding elementary and secondary educators during their first year of teaching. A recipient is chosen from each state.

She moved to Yukon Public Schools 1997 and taught family and consumer sciences with an emphasis on encouraging student growth.

Then in 1999, she accepted a position as Hospitality and Retail Services instructor at CV Tech’s El Reno Campus. Again, she was responsible for student growth by integrating a variety of teaching strategies and motivational techniques, which encouraged student learning.

Lutts said perhaps the greatest challenge she has faced was the May 31, 2013, tornado that destroyed the El Reno campus and dozens of homes and businesses in Canadian County.

She and Assistant Superintendent Bill Bradley were tasked by Winters with the logistics of relocating and rebuilding in the aftermath of the storm. Nearly 150 El Reno Campus staff were moved temporarily into the nearby Cowan Campus while a former car dealership building in Yukon was readied to be a school during reconstruction at the El Reno Campus. School began on time 72 days later.

“That was a defining moment for our district, for all our leadership and our wonderful faculty, staff and students,” she said. “I had the privilege of working for two visionary leaders in Dr. Earl Cowan and then as I moved into an administrative role under Dr. Winters.

“I have worked as deputy superintendent while also having Dr. Winters as a mentor. This opportunity has benefitted me greatly as I have gotten to know partner school superintendents, Career Tech superintendents and been able to experience more community involvement.” 

Lutts has been married to husband, Mike, for 29 years. The couple has three adult children – Braden, 24; Bryce, 21, and Rylee, 19 – all of whom graduated at Yukon High School.  

Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Vocational and Home Economics Education. Post-graduate work includes a Master of Educational Administration at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Lutts is expecting to complete her doctoral education in Administrative Leadership in July.

Lutts serves on the board of directors for the Yukon Chamber of Commerce and has recently been named to a position on the board of the National Technical Honor Society.