OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma State Board of Education has announced its plans for the future of the Western Heights Public School District.
On Monday, the board of education met to discuss what is next for Western Heights.
Last month, the board voted unanimously to suspend Western Heights Superintendent Mannix Barnes’ superintendent certification.
“Things are going to change at Western Heights,” said Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “That means they need a new superintendent.”
The removal of Barnes, one of the highest paid superintendents in Oklahoma, came after a 90-day probation period.
State board members said the district’s enrollment dropped 30 percent as classes remained virtual longer than any other. A quarter of the district’s staff left and graduation rates are among the lowest in the state.
“They need a new superintendent, and now their own board will need to take action,” Hofmeister. “If things do not turn around, then the State Board will intervene.”
Officials said that the district had until July 12 to fix some of the problems, or its accreditation would be taken away.
On Monday, the Oklahoma State Board of Education adopted an intervention plan at Western Heights.
Officials say there will be intervention for one year, which will be reviewed at least every 90 days.
Also, the interim superintendent will serve as a liaison to the board.