OKC schools looking for new superintendent first day of school

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

OKLAHOMA CITY – At the beginning of this new school year, Oklahoma City Public Schools is looking for a new superintendent.

At a special meeting Sunday night, the OKC School Board talked about their visions for the district and specific qualities  they’re looking for in a new superintendent.

This follows Superintendent Karl Springer’s retirement which was announced July 1.

The school board members listed four qualities they want to see in the next leader:

– A focus on education and raising the academic success of students in the district.
– A candidate who can relate well to the students and has experience with an urban district.
– A focus on openness and honesty with the board and trusting them to relay the concerns of constituents.
– A better focus on community involvement and health.

The board members also discussed having an interim superintendent chosen within the week but didn’t reach a final decision there.

According to state law, the board could allow the superintendent position go unfilled until Oct. 14.

The current superintendent’s retirement goes into effect Aug. 31, leaving the board less than a month to fill the position.

The next board meeting is Monday night at 5:30 p.m.