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.
Board Chairwoman Lynne Hardin did not return calls for comment.
The new superintendent is expected to start July 1.
Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin declined to comment on the selection, saying the district “has not secured a signed contract for a new superintendent.”
Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez has served the school district since Karl Springer stepped down Aug. 1 after five years. He signed a one-year contract.
Before joining the Federal Way district in July 2010, Neu was superintendent for three-plus years at the Waterford School District in the Detroit metropolitan area. He is married with six children, according to media reports.
Neu and his family own several horses and planned to launch an equestrian business, according to a September 2011 story in the Federal Way Mirror.
For space considerations, he bought a home outside the school district in Enumclaw, Wash., about 20 miles east of Federal Way, according to the newspaper story.