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Ryal Public School board suspends superintendent

The two-member board of Ryal Public School voted to suspend Scot Trower with pay pending the outcome of an investigation into comments he made to a reporter with The Oklahoman last month, school board member Robert Bennett said.
by Matt Dinger Modified: March 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm •  Published: March 6, 2013

/articleid/3761702/1/pictures/1961307">Photo - Ryal Superintendent Scott Trower looks in on the library at Ryal Public School, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Ryal Superintendent Scott Trower looks in on the library at Ryal Public School, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“It's the beginning stages. We don't know what's going to happen,” he said.

“The vast majority of our kids live in houses with electricity. They do have shoes. Their parents do work. Lots of our students go on to be schoolteachers, doctors, lawyers and professionals.”

“We felt like the article that ran in The Oklahoman (that quoted Trower's statements about the Ryal community) was really a situation where the kids at the school, the community overall, was not portrayed truthfully. And when it comes to those types of things, especially in my position, I felt like I had to defend students and staff,” Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief George Tiger said.

“I said it publicly in my comments last night what I think is best. I looked at Mr. Trower and said I think it would be best if he tendered his resignation,” Tiger said.

Trower was not available for comment.

by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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