Oklahoma City Public Schools announced today the board has selected Karl Springer to be the next superintendent.
"We are excited about the leadership and vision Karl will provide for the district and for the vision of making Oklahoma City Public Schools a premier school district in the United States," Oklahoma City Public Schools Vice Chairman of the Board of Education Al Basey said in a statement.
The recent Mustang Public Schools' superintendent has three decades of experience in Oklahoma public schools. He has also served as an administrator for the Chickasha and Norman public school systems. Springer also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve before retiring as a colonel.
Springer's contract to supervise 85 schools with about 40,000 students and 5,000 teachers becomes effective July 15. His salary and benefit package will be about $185,000. John Q. Porter, Springer's predecessor, earned about $225,000 in his contract.
"I am honored to serve as the next superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools. The district is in a great position to become the premier school district in the United States; a place where all parents want their children to achieve academic success. I am looking forward to working together as a team to build up our children," Springer said in a statement. "Together with the continued support of the employees and the community, I am positive Oklahoma City Public Schools is capable of excelling in areas previously untapped; it is an exciting time for the district and I am eager to join the team." " Gazette staff