Like many school districts in the state, Oklahoma City Public Schools is in need of teachers, so administrators are looking across state lines for help.
Officials are touring the Midwest this spring in search of teachers who’d like to come to Oklahoma.
It’s the first outreach effort of its kind by the district.
The Oklahoma City School Board has rehired its school district superintendent for the next three years and given him a 2 percent raise.
But Karl Springer’s contract will have something new this time around: performance measures.
Karl Springer shakes his head when he thinks about what happened at Douglass High School.
“There’s no doubt the issues that have arisen at Douglass, they’re disgusting,” said Springer, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools. “ ... Ironically, the reason I came here was to find things like what happened at Douglass. We set about trying to get these things straightened out.”
Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Karl Springer confirmed negotiations are ongoing to buy the former school at 800 N Harvey Ave. as he successfully sought $1.5 million in tax increment financing Wednesday for the proposed new administrative headquarters from a review committee consisting of representatives of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, CareerTech and the Metropolitan Library System.
Members of the Oklahoma City Council and Oklahoma City Public Schools board have formed a task force to look for ways they can help students. City and district staff members attend the meetings. The goal is to brainstorm ways the city and district can help each other.
Schools that fell into the lowest category were required to submit requests to avoid takeover this month, but the details of who will grade the applications and how are still unknown, Schmidt and Fraley said.