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OKCPS officials announce resignations as part of district ‘restructuring’

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OKLAHOMA CITY – As officials with the Oklahoma City Public School District have been discussing a ‘restructuring,’ a handful of high-ranking employees announced their resignations.

Dave Lopez, the interim superintendent for the Oklahoma City Public Schools, recommended the consolidated leadership structure as part of a plan to streamline operations and provide better support to the schools.

The school board announced that it has accepted the resignations of the following people:

  • Deputy Superintendent- Sandra Park
  • Chief Academic Officer- Cindy Schmidt
  • Senior Facilities Officer- Terry Wolfe
  • Executive Director of Communications & Community Relations- Kathleen Kennedy.

Officials also decided to do away with the vacant position of the Chief Operations Officer.

“These are difficult decisions for the district and the people involved,” Lopez said. “While change is hard, it is sometimes necessary to move the district toward a more successful future for our children and our schools.”

The eliminated positions should save the district $640,000 in salaries and $140,000 in benefits for one year.

Authorities say the money will go to fill vacant positions that will better serve students in the classroom.