Oklahoma City School Board members, acting within a 24-hour period, have signed off on a new superintendent and a new district home.
Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez referred to the moves as “historic” on a night when several children read the contents of a letter written in 1913 by the district’s then-superintendent.
The letter, unearthed last year, was sealed for more than 100 years before being opened Monday night.
“Yesterday this board had its moment in history with the selection of a new superintendent,” Lopez said. “Tomorrow we’ll be closing on the first purchase of an administration building, that I can tell, in 80 years.”
The board voted unanimously Sunday night to hire a new superintendent, The Oklahoman first reported Monday.
School officials declined to identify the new leader but said they would do so as soon as a contract is negotiated.
School board members interviewed three finalists for the position Sunday. They declined to discuss specifics.
The new superintendent is expected to start July 1.
Lopez has served the school district since Karl Springer stepped down Aug. 1 after five years. He signed a one-year contract but has indicated a willingness to stay on to assist with the new leader’s transition, if necessary.
Board members voted Monday night to approve the purchase of the former Central National Bank building at 615 N Classen to house the district’s administrative offices.
The negotiated cost of the building is $2.3 million with an additional $2.5 million expected in renovation costs, moving expenses and the purchase of new furniture.