Mandatory annexation of Grant-Goodland School District approved by State Board of Ed

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OKLAHOMA CITY- The Grant-Goodland district has had its share of trouble the last few years with FBI investigated financial misconduct , falsifying records, and being considered “academically at risk”.

Thursday, the State Board of Education approved the mandatory annexation of the southeastern Oklahoma district.

“The OSDE and the State Board will not tolerate financial corruption and a flagrant breach of the public trust in our public schools. Taxpayers have an expectation and should also have the confidence that their hard-earned education dollars are used for the benefit of Oklahoma schoolchildren,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister. “After an extensive review of all options, it was determined that closure of the district is in the best interest of students.”

The Board approved the annexation of the district to Hugo Public Schools, after considering public comment, fiscal accommodation, and that Grant-Goodland students have overwhelmingly enrolled in Hugo High School the last three years.

Displaced students do have the option of submitting a transfer request in the next ten days to attend a preferred district if they do not wish to go to Hugo.

The Office of School Support is prepared to assist Hugo Schools during and after the transition.

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