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July 8, 2014

School board to consider interim superintendent

DUNCAN — The Duncan Board of Education will discuss hiring Glenda Cobb as interim school superintendent when it meets tonight.

 Dr. Sherry Labyer resigned as superintendent effective Aug. 29 to work for  the state’s Department of Accountability and Teacher Preparation.

Cobb retired as assistant superintendent in May 2013, but was hired by the school district to oversee many of the federal programs associated with the district. Cobb has continued to work closely with Labyer and Assistant Superintendent Merry Stone, who filled the position vacated by Cobb.

The 2013-14 school year was Cobb’s 42nd year to work for the Duncan School District.

Cobb’s retirement from the assistant superintendent position was a personal decision and was sought to spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren, she said.

During the July 1 special meeting, the board of education began searching for Labyer’s replacement.

The school board  created a committee  to get the process underway. Of the five school board members, only one has been through a superintendent hiring process. The other members thought the process might run a bit smoother with a committee involved.

If Cobb is hired as interim superintendent, she will bridge the gap between Labyer’s departure and the employment of a new superintendent.

The school board will meet at 6 p.m. today in the Central Office building.

Other items:

 The board is set to approve $4 million for payroll for Duncan Public School employees.

This blanket amount will cover yearly payroll encumbrances for support and certified employees who are issued payroll in the month of July.

 School districts have the option to base classroom instruction on either number of days or number of hours. Since this has been an option, Duncan has gone with number of hours because it provides more flexibility for the school district, especially pertaining to inclement weather.

During tonight’s meeting, board members may approve the 2014-15 school year based on having at least 1,080 hours of classroom instruction. If the school district chooses to go with number of days instead, the school would be required to have at least 185 days of instruction.

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