Deer Creek Superintendent Sean McDaniel is leaving his post to assume the helm at Mustang Public Schools.
McDaniel's last day at Deer Creek is Nov. 1. He'll take over as Mustang Public Schools superintendent on Nov. 5.
“Mustang has a super reputation statewide as a forward-thinking district,” he said. “It's a great opportunity with some of the best and brightest.”
At the same time, he said, leaving Deer Creek is bittersweet. McDaniel said he knows the district will keep progressing.
He plans to stay in the area so his son can go to school at Deer Creek.
“I'll continue to be a Deer Creek parent, so it's a win-win for me and my family,” he said.
Deer Creek School Board President David Miller said in letter to parents posted Wednesday that the board will decide on how to seek out a new superintendent and possibly vote on an interim superintendent during a special board meeting on Monday.
“Mr. McDaniel has been a positive force in helping Deer Creek move forward as we continue to strive for excellence in education,” Miller said. “His focus remained on doing what is best for all students by initiating several researched-based philosophies and practices where the ultimate gain is student achievement and success.”
McDaniel was hired as superintendent at Deer Creek in January 2010.
His hiring was on the heels of a $140 million bond measure passed in 2009 to fund construction of a second middle school, a new operations facility and expansion at the high school.
McDaniel previously served for two years as superintendent in Englewood, Colo. Before that he worked in Tulsa-area schools for 20 years.
He will assume the position in Mustang vacated in August by Bonnie Lightfoot, a longtime educator who retired for health reasons.