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July 2, 2014

School board accepts Labyer’s resignation

DUNCAN — Several minutes passed before the Duncan Board of Education approved Sherry Labyer’s resignation from the school superintendent position because the members hated to lose her leadership.

Instead, members talked about their excitement for her new position with the State of Oklahoma, but noted their disappointment with her upcoming departure from the school district. But Tuesday’s special meeting resulted in the board members approving her resignation, following a motion by Chris Deal and a second by Dr. Demetra Cox.

Labyer was elected as DPS superintendent in November 2005. But after getting a job in the state’s Department of Accountability and Teacher Preparedness, she submitted her resignation. Her resignation will go into effect Aug. 29.

“I just want to say that I am very thankful that you will still be involved in education and we can still benefit from your leadership,” school board vice president Lisa Thomas said.

Each of the members told Labyer how much she would be missed and how much they learned about the school district under her guidance.

Board President Larry Lankford said he hasn’t known Labyer as long as some of the other members, but in the time he’s known her, he has appreciated her care for the school district and her leadership, moving the school district forward.

“We hate to see you go,” Lankford said.

After accepting her resignation, the board members turned their attention to the selection process for a new superintendent.

Of the board members, Lisa Thomas is the only member who has been through a superintendent selection process. Because of that, Davis said he would like to see a committee of six or seven people pulled together to figure out how to proceed in the search.

Although the board members were made aware of several avenues to finding potential superintendent candidates, they decided they didn’t know enough about the process to proceed right away.

Davis said he would like to see the community involved in starting the selection process.

“We want to move the process forward, but we want to use the right process,” Davis said.

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