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February 11, 2014

Miami School Board extends contract of superintendent

MIAMI, Okla. — Miami Board of Education members voted Monday night to renew the contract of Superintendent Loretta Robinson after the matter was tabled during the January meeting.

Board President Harley Turner said the delay of the vote was not because of issues with the superintendent’s performance, but rather the unfamiliarity of new board members with the state-issued evaluation forms that have to be used by the board before a contract is extended.

“We weren’t questioning her abilities. We just had questions that kept coming up from our newer members, and we wanted to make sure that they understood the process and what they were voting on before moving forward,” Turner said. “It wasn’t fair to them to rule on something that they did not fully understand. This was the first time they had seen these forms.”

The board has two members who have been appointed to fill vacancies within the past six months. Marcel Walther replaced long-standing board member Chuck Chesnut, who resigned last year. Chuck McKibben replaced Larry Martin, who died in July 2013 after 27 years on the panel.

The board approved Robinson’s contract renewal on a 5-0 vote, Turner said.

Board members did not further discuss any building needs, Turner said. “We are going to evaluate the feasibility of any plans moving forward,” he said. “Right now we are in the looking stage, and it is too early to say if a bond issue will be presented in the next year to work on our schools.”


HARLEY TURNER, board president, said new board officers will be elected at the March 10 meeting.

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