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July 9, 2014

Board confers two hours without naming interim school super

DUNCAN — The Duncan Board of Education took no action Tuesday to name an interim school superintendent after spending two hours in executive session discussing the matter.

   None of the board members offered an explanation for not taking action.

 The board’s agenda included an item regarding the appointment of Glenda Cobb, who retired as assistant superintendent in May 2013, to become an interim replacement for Sherry Labyer, who submitted her resignation  July 1 to work at  the Department of Accountability and Teacher Preparation in Oklahoma City.

   Labyer’s last day in Duncan will be Aug. 29.

   Cobb was employed by the school district for the 2013-14 school year to oversee federal programs after her retirement as assistant superintendent.

    She has 42 years of service to the school district, beginning as a classroom teacher at Lee Elementary. Cobb was not in attendance during the meeting.

Instead of taking action of Cobb’s appointment, the board members moved to an item regarding the search for a new superintendent. The item was the result of action taken during the July 1 special meeting, when the board requested board member Eric Davis look into what help the Oklahoma State School Board Association could offer.

“It would be my suggestion to hire OSSBA in our superintendent search,” Davis said.

Previously, the board had agreed to establish a committee comprised of community members to help get the superintendent search underway. Board members agreed with Davis’ assessment of the situation and approved hiring OSSBA unanimously.

Of the five board members, Lisa Thomas is the only member to be on the board during the search of a superintendent.

“Speaking from experience, we can’t do this by ourselves,” Thomas said.

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