State Board Of Education Expected To Discuss Potential Action Against Western Heights Superintendent


Thursday, June 24th 2021, 8:52 am
By: Colby Thelen


OKLAHOMA CITY -

The state’s board of education is scheduled to discuss possible action against the Western Heights School District during a Thursday morning meeting.

According to the agenda, the board will discuss possible action to issue an emergency order summarily suspending the educator certificate and certificate number of Mannix Barnes, the district's superintendent.

The board will also discuss the performance review and accreditation status of the Western Heights School District and discuss possible action to request a special investigative audit of Western Heights School District for fiscal years 2019 to 2020.

The board put the school district on a 90-day probation in April. The district said it would sue the state Department of Education after the probation. 

The probation, the first step toward possible loss of accreditation, was implemented after a series of complaints including misusing funds, a sharp decline in staffing, and failing to offer in-person learning options for over a year.

The Western Heights School Board voted on June 14 to keep Barnes in place as superintendent. At that meeting, it was announced that 21 staffers were resigning.

 The State Board of Education will meet at 9:30 Thursday morning. The meeting will be streaming live here.