State Board Of Education Will Continue Western Heights’ Probational Proceedings Next Week


Friday, July 9th 2021, 9:24 am
By: Caleb Califano


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Time is now up for Western Heights Public Schools to make any changes required by the state.

The district is now facing possible loss of accreditation.

Probationary proceedings for Western Heights will continue Monday at the State Board of Education's monthly meeting.

News 9 has been unable to confirm whether Western Heights made any of the changes required by the board.

The board recommended corrective actions in June, saying the district failed to focus on student learning and failed to make efforts to retain staff.

A judge has now denied an injunction filed by the Western Heights’ school board to stop the State Board of Education from taking any further action against the district.

The injunction asked the court to stop the probationary process and officially reinstate superintendent Mannix Barnes, whose license was suspended in June.

An investigation by the state found that Barnes mismanaged school finances and disregarded student safety.