Oklahoma City School Board members are expected to appoint state Commerce Secretary Dave Lopez as interim superintendent when they meet next week, The Oklahoman has learned.
Lopez, a longtime civic and community leader, is the board's leading candidate for the interim job to replace outgoing Superintendent Karl Springer, according to sources close to the decision who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't been finalized.
A search firm has been selected to find the permanent successor.
Tuesday, the state Board of Education approved a request to waive certification requirements for the district's next superintendent, paving the way for city school board members to appoint a non-educator as interim leader when they meet Monday.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Lopez, 62, a former telephone executive, said it was premature to discuss the position.
“I would certainly be honored to be considered because the district has great potential for being part of the continued renaissance of the Oklahoma City community,” Lopez said. “I'll respect the process of their selection and wait for the decision they make.”
Lopez said he would have to step down as commerce secretary if appointed interim superintendent.
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