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Yukon, OK, school superintendent says he's quitting ... again

Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Bill Denton has again announced he'll resign, marking the third time in a year the longtime administrator has said he's quitting his job.
by Andrew Knittle and Nolan Clay Modified: November 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm •  Published: November 6, 2013
/articleid/3901478/1/pictures/2259525">Photo - Randy and Debbie Wright talking about their "open records" struggle with Yukon Public Schools on Feb. 7.   Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman <strong>David McDaniel</strong>
Randy and Debbie Wright talking about their "open records" struggle with Yukon Public Schools on Feb. 7. Photo By David McDaniel/The Oklahoman David McDaniel

The status of the skimming investigation is unclear, but sources close to the case say OSBI has submitted its report on the allegations to the Canadian County district attorney's office to consider possible criminal charges.

Yukon Public Schools lost an open records lawsuit a year ago after Denton refused to release an investigative audit of the district's FFA program

Randy and Debbie Wright battled the district for months over open records issues. The Wrights sued the school district in January 2012 after officials refused to turn over an audit of the Yukon vocational agriculture program.

The investigative report — completed by Oklahoma City attorney Mark Patzkowski — detailed several issues facing the FFA program. The document doesn't include names, but paints a picture of what was going on in one of the state's largest FFA chapters before April 2011.

A Canadian County judge ordered the school district to turn over the report in July 2012. The judge also ordered Yukon Public Schools to pay the Wrights nearly $20,000 in damages.

At the time of the judgment, Denton said he refused to turn over the report on the advice of attorneys.

“It's a relief, I know, for our board, and myself, to be able to release this,” Denton said at the time of the judge's order. “I wish more people could understand why we weren't able to do that and go against the advice of our legal counsel.”

In a statement to The Oklahoman, the Wrights said Denton “didn't do his job” while in Yukon.

The Wrights said Denton drove away an untold number of teachers and other administrators during his tenure.

“He didn't protect our children and we are elated to finally see this nightmare come to a partial end,” the couple said.

“We look forward to Yukon Public Schools moving forward and doing the right thing for our children, teachers, administrators, school employees and our community.”

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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