During the Oklahoma City Public School District regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Karl Springer announced his plans to retire on August 30, 2013. Springer has served as superintendent of the state’s largest school district since July of 2008.
“It has been an honor to serve as the lead teacher of Oklahoma City Public Schools. I am humbled beyond words. From the moment I joined this district I had a vision for Oklahoma City Public Schools. Today my vision for the district is the same as it was in 2008; improving student achievement by focusing on the individual student. We have made incremental improvements in student achievement over the last five years by approaching how we looked at the traditional models and proposing dramatic changes,” said Springer.
Karl Springer is the longest serving superintendent Oklahoma City Public Schools has had in the past 10 years. He joined the district with more than 30 years of experience as an educator, administrator, and superintendent. The retired Colonel from the United States Army joined OKCPS after serving as superintendent of Mustang Public Schools for 8 years.
“Oklahoma City Public Schools is in great hands. There are teachers, administrators, support staff and Board of Education members in this district who are focused on children and their successes. They don’t get the recognition they deserve, but they are changing lives on a daily basis,” said Springer. “Now is the time for me to retire and begin the next chapter of my life, added Springer.”
During his tenure as superintendent, Springer implemented the successful district-wide continuous learning calendar. This initiative maintains the same number of state mandated school days and re-works the traditional calendar to provide on time intervention for students.
Springer also added 20 minutes to the school day which provides more time for students to receive much needed instruction. This change added 10 school days for student learning and continues to enhance individual student achievement.
“I want this community, our teachers, staff and student to know I appreciate you. Together we have made important and long-term change. I will always be an advocate for Oklahoma City Public Schools and I will always be an advocate for public education,” said Springer.