Yukon school superintendent says he'll resign once he gets another job

The superintendent of Yukon Public Schools, whose district recently lost a costly open records fight with a local couple and is the focus of an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation inquiry and a bullying lawsuit, said he plans to resign once he finds s new job.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: July 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm •  Published: July 4, 2013
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The superintendent of Yukon Public Schools said he plans to resign once he finds a new job.

Superintendent Bill Denton's comments came on the heels of a contentious school board meeting Monday night in Yukon.

Denton said some school board members are undermining his personnel recommendations nearly every chance they get, he told local reporters after the meeting.

“I just don't believe in treating people that way and I don't believe in working for a board that doesn't have confidence in my recommendations,” Denton told the Yukon Review. “As soon as I find a position, I'll be resigning.”

This isn't the first time in recent months that Denton, 66, has publicly discussed leaving Yukon Public Schools, a district he's headed up since 2007.

In February, he announced that he'd be retiring following the 2013-14 school year.

At the time, Denton said he'd been considering retiring for some time. He said the chief “negative” reason he'd decided to leave education after four-plus decades is what he described as “the attacks on public schools.”

“The reduction of the funding for five straight years … that's what brought me to this point,” Denton said. “We're operating schools with 20 percent less money than we had five years ago … and they continue to take away revenue sources.”

Recent troubles

If Denton does find a new job and resign from his six-figure position at Yukon Public Schools, he will do so while the district is the focus of a bullying lawsuit and being scrutinized by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

According to OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown, an investigation into Yukon schools' vocational agriculture program has been ongoing for some time.


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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I just don't believe in treating people that way and I don't believe in working for a board that doesn't have confidence in my recommendations. As soon as I find a position, I'll be resigning.”

Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Bill Denton,

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