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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

— Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Bill Denton has again announced he'll resign his position, marking the third time in the past year the longtime administrator has publicly said he's quitting his job.

Denton's latest announcement, which was apparently a surprise move, came Monday night during a school board meeting in Yukon.

In February, Denton said he would retire following the 2013-14 school year. Five months later, after apparently butting heads with school board members he felt were undermining his administrative decisions, Denton said he would quit once he found another job.

Yukon school board members Monday voted 4 to 1 to accept Denton's resignation, which will be effective Jan. 1.

The district's top administrator since 2007, Denton's apparent departure comes at a time when the district is under investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and named as a defendant in a bullying lawsuit filed by two parents.

Calls and emails seeking comment from Denton were not returned Tuesday.

The bullying lawsuit, filed a year ago, is pending in Canadian County District Court, records show.

The suit claims the children of Debra Wright and Dana Soupene were harassed and bullied by fellow students and former vocational agriculture instructors after an investigation into Yukon's FFA program.

The suit claims the two girls were targeted because Wright, her husband and Soupene discovered a former agriculture instructor was “skimming” on livestock purchases. In the world of agriculture education, skimming occurs when instructors overcharge students' parents for livestock to be shown at fairs and other competitions.

In the case of Debra and Randy Wright, the couple discovered they had been overcharged by about $4,000.

An investigative audit into the district's FFA program uncovered numerous instances of possible misconduct and confirmed some instructors were charging parents more than they paid for livestock.

The district's FFA program is under investigation by OSBI in connection with the skimming allegations.

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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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