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 state agency was investigating allegations that former agriculture instructors overcharged parents — some of them by several thousand dollars — for livestock, a practice known as “skimming” in the FFA world. All of the agriculture teachers allegedly involved have left or are planning to leave the district.

Yukon Public Schools also is being sued by two parents who allege the district fostered an unhealthy learning environment for their daughters, who they claim were bullied by FFA students and instructors in the past two or so years.

And in October, a Canadian County judge ordered Yukon Public Schools to pay Randy and Debbie Wright nearly $20,000 in attorney's fees following the resolution of an open records lawsuit.

The couple had been seeking a copy of an investigative report into the district's FFA program, which was prepared by a lawyer hired by Yukon schools. For months, Denton refused to turn over the report on the advice of an attorney, he would later say.

When he announced his retirement in February, Denton said the lawsuits and OSBI investigation had nothing to do with his desire to leave Yukon Public Schools.

“I really can't say that was a part of it,” he said. “This job … you've always got issues and things you've got to deal with in your school, in your community or statewide.

“It's just part of the nature of the job. That's really not the major component.”

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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