Oklahoma City School Board completes new superintendent's contract

Seattle-area administrator Robert R. Neu has been chosen to lead Oklahoma’s largest school district. He will be paid $240,000 per year.
Oklahoman Modified: April 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014

Three weeks after selecting Seattle-area administrator Robert R. Neu to run Oklahoma City Public Schools, board members finalized his appointment as superintendent Monday night.

The board voted 8-0 to approve Neu’s employment contract, which includes an annual salary of $240,000. With additional benefits that have yet to be determined, the deal could make him the highest-paid superintendent in Oklahoma, officials said.

“As the board progressed through the interviews, it was evident that Mr. Neu was the clear choice to lead our district,” said Lynne Hardin, the board’s chairwoman. “He is focused on educating the whole child and creating innovative ways that make school and education relevant for students.

“We look forward to him joining our district and focusing on the need for increased rigor and improve education for all our students.”

Neu, 52, 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.

He joined Federal Way in 2010 and has two years remaining on a contract that pays him a salary of $240,000 annually, records show.

“The energy, excitement and community support in Oklahoma City is incredible,” Neu said in a statement. “I am impressed with the passage of the MAPS sales tax to rebuild downtown and renovate the schools. This is an amazing opportunity for me and my family to join a positive, forward-thinking community that has invested so heavily in its children.”

The board voted three weeks ago to hire Neu but declined to disclose his identity until a contract was signed.

The Oklahoman reported Friday that Neu was the school board’s selection.

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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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