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July 17, 2014

School board to discuss hiring Cobb as interim superintendent

DUNCAN — Little more than a week after taking no action on the interim superintendent position, the Duncan Board of Education will revisit the issue at a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday.

Consideration of Glenda Cobb, who retired as assistant superintendent in 2013, for the interim superintendent’s position was on the July 8 school board agenda but no action was taken after a two-hour executive session.

If approved for the position, Cobb would fill the position until a new superintendent hired to replace Dr. Sherry Labyer, who has  accepted a state job to head the Commission for Educational Quality and Accountability.

Cobb is a 42-year veteran of the Duncan School District, having started as a teacher at Lee Elementary. Cobb worked as assistant superintendent under Labyer until retiring before the 2013-14 school year. Cobb has remained employed by the school district to oversee federal programs for Duncan Public Schools, a task she handled as assistant superintendent.

During the July 1 and July 8 meeting, school board members began discussing the process to seeking a new superintendent.

Although board members discussed establishing a committee to figure out how to start the process, they approved hiring the Oklahoma State School Board Association to help with the search. The OSSBA was approved for hire during the July 8 meeting.

Board members said they needed help through the process because four of the five members have never been through a superintendent selection process before. Lisa Thomas, board vice president, has been involved in the hiring process for two superintendents, including Labyer.

 

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