(Cushing)- The Cushing Board of Education Thursday night formally signed a contract with Koln Knight to become the new Superintendent of Schools. The one year contract will pay Knight $96 thousand dollars.

Knight is no stranger to Cushing Public Schools, as he came to Cushing in 1986 and worked in the system as teacher and wrestling coach for 19 years. For the past four years, Knight has served as the Principal and Administrator of Oak Grove School.

Knight is originally from Beresford, South Dakota.

and holds an undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD where he wrestled collegiately on scholarship, and obtained a Master Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1994.

In addition to teaching social studies, government and Junior Achievement, Knight served as assistant Principal for five years at Cushing High School.

Knight told KUSH after the Board meeting that his familiarity with Cushing Schools gives him a head start, and he believes that all of the administrators in the system will be working as a team.

Knight also told KUSH that he had notified the Oak Grove Board of his intentions to seek the position when the post came open with the retirement of Eddie Williams, and that he had also notified the Oak Grove Board he was accepting the position when it was offered.

Knight said his tenure at Oak Grove had given him experience in working with all age groups, and firsthand knowledge of other aspects of a school system.

“At Oak Grove, I was directly responsible for transportation, while here, there is a transportation director.”

Cushing Board of Education President Frank Denney said that there were 45 applicants for the post, including three from out of state, and that the Board had formally interviewed three candidates.

Denney says that all of the Board members were unanimous in the selection of Knight to succeed Williams.