by Kylie Hanson
Phillip Picquet will be serving as the new Perkins County Schools superintendent this fall.
The Picquet family moved on June 6 into a house that is, in fact, in town.
His wife, Jamie, will be working part time at First Insight Eyecare of Grant, while his son, Caden, 16, is employed at the Grant Municipal Swimming Pool and son Ian, 11, will be playing baseball for the Grant Peewee team.
During this upcoming school year Piquet says that he will just be using the time to get acclimated to the policies, rules and procedures throughout the district and school buildings.
When he was asked about how he felt about the new $7.5 million addition, he said, “I feel there are benefits of going from three buildings to two, but I do understand it’s a very emotional experience for everyone involved. I see benefits to curriculum and staffing and I’m very excited for this opportunity to be a part of these new additions.”
Picquet officially begins working at Perkins County Schools on July 1.
Picquet is no stranger to Perkins County as he was previously high school principal before moving on to be a principal at Waverly Public Schools 10 years ago and most recently was a high school principal at Doniphan-Trumbull.
Picquet was born in Grant in 1975 and said he feels a strong connection to the community.
Hakonson rides on
Perkins County superintendent Bill Hakonson headed out of Perkins County High School, and his career in education on Friday, June 13.
“I started my career in Gurley, Nebraska, which is now consolidated with Leyton. Then from Gurley to Creighton, to Auburn, to Wisner-Pilger where I was there for 20 years and retired. From there I went to Lander, Wyo., or four years.”
After this constant movement around the state and to Wyoming, his wife became ill when they moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., with Hodgkin’s lymphoma where she passed away.
Shortly after that, a former student asked him to go back to Gurley (Leighton) because their superintendent had previously quit. There, Hakonson was a superintendent for three years.
Right after that, he moved back to Cheyenne.
Then he got a call from Moral, Nebraska and was only there for six months. And back to Cheyenne he went. Shortly after Hawkinson moved there, he got a call from our very own, Tobin Buchannan.
“All of it’s been good,” he described people of Nebraska. “I don’t have any complaints. Good people, good work ethic.”
When we asked him about his impression of Perkins County, he began with, “This community has some very iconic people in it. The students are respectful. I didn’t mingle a lot with students here, but they were mannerly and respectful and very hard working kids.”
Hakonson says that his favorite memory out of the past 47 years, was that he enjoyed watching his children growing up in school.
One question that was asked was what his opinion on the future was for the Perkins County High school, he said that he is very optimistic.
“This school is in a great standing point. Financially, we enjoy one of the lowest tax levies out of 250-some schools, we are in the bottom 20 for sure, is what I would say.”
“I would feel very good if I were a citizen of this district, a student or an employee for the future.”
“You make good things happen. Every now and then, a good thing will happen accidentally, but not very often. You have to work your butt off to make your future a good place,” Hawkinson explains to the question of what advice he would give to students. “Welcome responsibility. Education isn’t something that’s handed to you, it’s earned. You have to work for it."