Oklahoma City's new school superintendent will oversee a diverse, complex school system that, in some ways, looks like several districts lumped together, the Oklahoma City School Board chairman said Thursday.
Board Chairman Lynne Hardin said the district's roughly 45,000 students come from a diverse set of nations, socioeconomic backgrounds and skill levels, many of them plagued by issues like poverty, abuse and homelessness.
Hardin spoke Thursday at the annual Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's State of the Schools luncheon. The board has hired a national search firm to assist the district in finding a new superintendent to lead the district, Hardin said. That process could take up to a year.
The new superintendent will need to value public education and have the ability to understand a large, complex system. Within the school district are three regions — northeast, south and north-central — that resemble their own districts.
Students in those areas have issues related to socioeconomic status, nationality and ethnic background that are different from those in other areas of the city, she said.
“It's not necessarily that one size fits all,” she said. “We want the best superintendent with a background to lead this district based on our needs and our goals.”
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