Oklahoma City Public Schools chooses Seattle-area man for superintendent post

Robert R. Neu, 50, is in his fourth year with Federal Way (Wash.) Public Schools, and he could be introduced as early as Monday night if the Oklahoma City school board approves his contract.
by Tim Willert Published: April 18, 2014

Robert R. Neu, a Seattle-area administrator with more than 20 years of experience in public education, has been selected to lead Oklahoma City Public Schools, The Oklahoman has learned.

Neu, 50, is superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools in Federal Way, Wash., a 22,000-student district about 25 miles south of Seattle that is about half the size of Oklahoma City’s district.

Neu did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment Friday.

Neu describes himself on the Federal Way school district website as “a student-centered decision maker who firmly believes in educating the whole child, adding that “a comprehensive curriculum supported by extra-curricular programs is the foundation of American public education.”

Oklahoma City School Board members voted unanimously March 30 to hire a new superintendent. They have declined to identify their choice until they approve a contract, which could happen as early as Monday.

“I can’t say who we got, but I can say that I am very excited about the future of our school district and getting someone in place quickly,” board member Justin Ellis said Friday.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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