Teacher’s union on Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent: “He needs to be gone”

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OKLAHOMA CITY - There is still a lot of confusion about what in the world is going on with Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Rob Neu.

According to his employment contract, Neu is supposed to work for the district until summer of 2017.

But, Thursday night's special session seems to indicate Neu is not going to be working at the state's largest district much longer.

Officially, Neu is "not working," but he has not been fired, he has not resigned and he is not on paid suspended leave.

According to the district, Assistant Superintendent Aurora Lora has taken over his duties.

“I do know the board has additional information on his job performance, and there are character issues,” said teachers’ union president Ed Allen.

The AFT Union and Neu have been at odds since the introduction of the district's charter school conversion plan and new discipline policy.

“The superintendent is secretive and deceptive, and he will say anything to get what he wants. That goes to the heart of what the board is discussing,” Allen said.

The board's five-hour-long discussion Thursday night was secret.

We do know every school board member was present.

Gloria Torres joined late.

We're told there were two attorneys from the district on the inside.

Oklahoma City families are exasperated with the drama at the top.

“It's frustrating,” said Anna King, who is a OCPS grandparent and a member of the National PTA Board. “They're moving out. They're leaving our district. They don't want to be a part of this. Who's left? The kids and families that can’t move out.”

Neu makes $240,000 a year, plus additional lucrative benefits.

If the district agrees to buy out the contract, it will cost about $300,000.

If the district agrees to a confidentiality clause, the community will never know the extent of the damage on the inside.

According to the contract, Neu is allowed to take work outside of his normal duties during his 60 days off each year.

By contract, Neu is supposed report the extra income every year.

The teacher's union has asked to see that annual report and, so far, the district has refused to provide it.

Neu was not at the meeting Thursday night.

So far, he is not talking at length about his future at OCPS.

The board meets again in 10 days.

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