OKC administrator to fill Springfield, Mass. post

By Wendy K. Kleinman Modified: May 6, 2008 at 6:07 pm •  Published: May 6, 2008
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Oklahoma City schools’ chief accountability officer is packing his bags for Massachusetts.

Alan Ingram was selected from a group of four finalists Tuesday to take over as superintendent of the Springfield, Mass., school district.

Ingram said he has mixed emotions about leaving Oklahoma City but is “very elated” by the opportunity in Springfield, which is just north of the Connecticut border.

Ingram said he expects his last day here to be June 30.

Ingram said his contract is still being negotiated; his current base salary is $126,500 and the current Springfield superintendent’s is about $180,000.

“I think the members of the (State Finance) Control Board and school board who met in a joint session today were very impressed with his (Ingram’s) background, his experience, his leadership, his commitment to improving education and the educational system for children,” said Stephen Lisauskas, executive director of the finance control board for Springfield, which oversees the school committee.

“I think people were just very, very impressed with him as an individual,” Lisauskas said.