My 2 Cents: OKC School Board To Discuss Employment Of Superintendent

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, 10:55 pm
By: News 9

When the Oklahoma City School Board holds a special meeting Thursday night to talk about the employment of Superintendent Rob Neu, they might want to budget in some money to install a revolving door in his office.

Media reports that Neu plans to resign, which he has criticized but not specifically denied, reminded me that the Oklahoma City School Superintendent post is the best paying job nobody wants, for long.

Neu makes $240,000 a year, plus benefits including a yearly car allowance of $10,000. He's been with the district not quite two years.

Despite the handsome salary that comes with it, from 2000 to 2015, OKCPS has had nine different superintendents.

For some perspective, the next three largest districts Tulsa had three in that same time span, Edmond  had one and Moore had four. 

I don't know if the job is too tough, or some of them were just bad hires. 

I understand the challenges are unique for urban school districts compared to suburban schools, Oklahoma City has an increasingly diverse student population.  

We have thrown money at the problem with the massive Maps for Kids outlay, attacking the physical needs of the district, but I know there are influential Oklahoma City public school supporters who say it may be time for a radical overhaul of the district. 

Stay tuned.

I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents.