Mustang Schools Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot prepares to retire

Mustang Schools Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot will end her nearly 40-year education career in October.
BY VALLERY BROWN vbrown@opubco.com Modified: August 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm •  Published: August 25, 2012

School Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot is retiring from her position after nearly 40 years in education.

Lightfoot, 72, cited health issues as the reason for her retirement. In a letter to the school board, she said the decision was bittersweet.

“Making this decision was not easy, but I believe it is the right decision because it will allow me to focus on preserving my health,” she said. “I know many people will be surprised with the timing of this announcement.”

The Mustang School Board approved her retirement during a special meeting Aug. 22.

District spokeswoman Mary Leaver said school officials are working on posting the job opening soon.

Lightfoot has nearly 40 years experience in education and has worked in the Mustang School District since 1998. Before coming to Mustang, she was a teacher, school counselor and principal for about 13 years in the Moore School District.

She first came to Mustang as an assistant superintendent. She was deputy superintendent for eight years before being named superintendent during the 2008-09 school year.