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April 10, 2014

Byerly to become new finance director for Duncan Public Schools

DUNCAN — Channa Byerly’s career is coming full circle.

Byerly, a Duncan High School assistant principal, was named the new finance director for Duncan Public Schools, taking the position that will be vacated by Rodney Calhoun on June 30. Byerly moves into the finance position Monday to begin training with Calhoun.

“I started with my finance degree. I have my MBA,” Byerly said. “I’m going to be where I thought I was going to start.”

As a business major, Byerly went through the alternative teaching certification process, focusing on math. Her first job in education was for Marlow Public Schools. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 2013-14 school year that Byerly became assistant principal at Duncan High School.

Byerly said she’s always been a fan of numbers, from crunching them to solving equations. She grew up knowing she wanted to be in business, working with numbers. She said her step into the financial director’s position is something she welcomes.

“Just the challenge of what the job will hold,” Byerly said. “It goes back to the numbers. I love the numbers game.”

Although she is leaving the high school, she said she’s had a great time working with her peers and the students. She said the high school has been a positive experience for her.

She said the administrative team, including Principal Justin Smith and Assistant Principal Wade Hampton, made her job gratifying, while working with students made her job rewarding.

Byerly described Smith as a great boss.

“He’s one of those bosses who powers you,” Byerly said.

She said she has loved her time at the high school and knows she will miss her teammates.

“I told them if I didn’t get hired for that position (finance director) I was happy staying where I was,” Byerly said. “I went in with a win-win situation.”

During Tuesday’s Duncan Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Sherry Labyer said she was happy to see Byerly come on board, but expressed her disappointment with Calhoun’s resignation. Calhoun is returning to his hometown, Granite, as superintendent of the school district.

“We will miss Rodney greatly,” Labyer said. “Channa will have a good teacher in Rodney.”

  Byerly has been married to her husband Matt for seven years. They have two sons: Cord, 5, and Keeton, 18 months.

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