Message from the OPS Board of Education

Nov. 30, 2021

 

Owasso Parents & Guardians,

 

This morning at a special board meeting, we, the members of the Board of Education, entered into an executive session to discuss and identify an interim superintendent. The Board voted unanimously to authorize extending an offer to Dr. Margaret Coates to serve as the interim superintendent to lead Owasso Public Schools beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, through the end of the fiscal year.

 

Dr. Coates served as the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for three years prior to her retirement in June 2021. The Board has full confidence that Dr. Coates has the knowledge and ability to provide continuity for the staff and maintain momentum with current projects as we move forward with the search for the district’s next full-time superintendent in the months ahead. 

 

Thank you for your continued support, partnership and patience during this transitional period. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Members of the Board of Education

Rhonda Mills, President

Neal Kessler, Vice President

Brent England, Clerk

Frosty Turpen, Deputy Clerk

Stephanie Ruttman, Member

 

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Nov. 8, 2021


Owasso Community,


Tonight, the Board of Education voted to approve the consent agenda, which contained the resignation of Dr. Amy Fichtner, Superintendent of Schools, effective 12/31/21. We know this news comes as a surprise and raises some questions. Dr. Fichtner has always stated that if the Board of Education desires a change in superintendent leadership, she would step aside. This has occurred, Dr. Fichtner has graciously submitted her resignation, and as stated above, the Board has voted to accept it.


The Board of Education recognizes the positive contributions Dr. Fichtner has made during her tenure with Owasso Public Schools and would like to thank her for over 6 years of service to the district, first as Assistant Superintendent and for the last 3 years as Superintendent of Owasso Public Schools. Dr. Fichtner’s heart for students and service to the district has yielded many positive advancements for Owasso Public Schools. We wish her well in her future endeavors.


Towards the end of November, the Board of Education hopes to name an interim superintendent for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, during which time it will conduct a search for its next full-time superintendent. The Board is committed to ensuring the continued success of its students during this time of transition and has confidence in the professional, high-caliber staff, teachers, and principals who are in place to lead and care for them.


Sincerely,


Members of the Board of Education

Rhonda Mills, President

Neal Kessler, Vice President

Brent England, Clerk

Frosty Turpen, Deputy Clerk

Stephanie Ruttman, Member

 

 

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