Oklahoma City names Aurora Lora as new school district superintendent

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials in Oklahoma City announced that a new superintendent has been hired to replace former Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu.

Earlier this year, Neu announced that he would be leaving the school district.

As a result, board members named Aurora Lora as the interim superintendent while they searched for a permanent replacement.

Lora came into the district two years ago, serving under Neu.

She originally applied for the position two years ago, but was told that she needed more experience.

“I’ve spent the last two years working to improve those areas,” she said.

In April, Lora said becoming a superintendent is her dream job and she would love to lead Oklahoma City in the future.

“I love Oklahoma. This is a place where I want to be for a long time. I just put an offer in on a house. I am committed, and I want to be here for the long-run,” she said.

Now, she will have her chance.

On Friday, the Oklahoma City Public Board of Education announced that Lora was named the Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools.

“We are extremely pleased with the selection of Aurora Lora as the next superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools. She is a capable leader who shares our passion for supporting quality school leaders and teachers, as well as high standards for our students. We have complete confidence in her ability to lead our school district during these challenging economic times and look forward to working closely with Superintendent Lora to ensure the long-term success of every student by continuing to engage community support of our schools,” said Mary Mèlon, president and CEO of The Foundation of Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Lora began her career in education as a fourth grade teacher in Houston.

She has worked in various administrative positions in Portland, Seattle and Dallas.

She also founded an all-girls public school for middle and high school students in Portland.

She said that school served mostly low-income students.

 

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