Dr. Sherry Labyer said Wednesday she will resign her job as Duncan schools superintendent to accept a position in Gov. Mary Fallin’s administration.
Labyer said she will become executive director of the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability under the governor’s secretary of education.
Labyer said the job came up last Friday.
“It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Labyer said. “It’s a professional opportunity of a lifetime for me.”
She will submit her resignation on Tuesday at a special meeting of the Duncan school board, she said.
Labyer said she will remain with the Duncan school district until the end of August and then maintain dual residences in Oklahoma City and in Duncan, where her husband Hal is president of Arvest Bank.
In her new job, she will oversee the state education system’s demographics, the report cards on school performance and teacher certification, she said. Labyer said there will be 10 to 12 people in her office.
Labyer, who makes $123,370 with the Duncan school district, became superintendent in 2005 and is the first woman to hold the position in Duncan.
She was a finalist for the Skiatook Public Schools superintendent position in 2011 but was not chosen for the job.
Last year, Labyer was among 20 school educators in Oklahoma recognized as school district superintendents of the year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.
More recently, she defended the Common Core teaching protocol that was removed from Oklahoma schools by the Legislature and Gov. Fallin.
When Fallin signed the bill that did away with Common Core, Labyer vowed that the teaching protocol would continue to be used in the Duncan school district, though she said Duncan teachers would not violate state laws in doing so.