Oklahoma City school district hires Federal Way superintendent

The Oklahoma City Public School District hired Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu to be their next superintendent in an 8-0 vote by their board of directors on Monday evening.

Superintendent Rob Neu is heading for Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Public School District hired Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Robert Neu to be their next superintendent in an 8-0 vote by their board of directors on Monday evening.

Neu will start this position in July but will begin the transition in June.

His contract is effective July 1 for an initial three-year period and is renewable annually. He will be paid a $240,000 salary, along with an annual $10,000 car allowance and $25,000 in annuities.

Neu said he chose this job because “I am really impressed with the work that they have done downtown and the incredible work they have done with the schools and the planning on transit and trails. It’s just a really exciting time in Oklahoma City and their commitment to improving their schools is exciting.”

Neu said that while the decision to leave Federal Way was tough, “It’s a great opportunity for me to come in at this time.”

Neu added, “I have loved serving the Federal Way community and the students of Federal Way. This has been a phenomenal experience over the last four years. I realize we have had some challenges, and we’ve made some mistakes, but every decision was made for the students to excel and I am deeply appreciative for the opportunity to be the superintendent here and I certainly wish everyone in Federal Way the very best and continued success.”

The Federal Way school board was informed of his decision and a letter was emailed to staff on Monday night. Neu plans to formally resign at the school board meeting on Tuesday.

The school board will be tasked with a succession plan while they search for a replacement superintendent.

Neu said that while the decision is the board’s, “I have recommended to the board to appoint Sally McLean as interim. Sally is ready and this is exactly what this district needs at this difficult time of transition. I have a great respect for her and have admired her work over the last four years.”

This is a developing story. Check back as more details become available.

 


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