TPS Superintendent agrees to stay with district
TULSA (KFAQ) - Tulsa Public School officials have announced that Dr. Keith Ballard will stay on as superintendent until 2014.
The district had been searching for a replacement for Ballard, after he announced he was leaving when his contract ended on June 30th, 2013. But now, that contract will be extended until June 30, 2014.
When Ballard was hired by the district in 2008 he said he would stay at TPS for three to five years.
“On behalf of the TPS Board, I am pleased to announce that the board has approved a contract with Dr. Keith Ballard to stay through the end of the 2013-14 school year,” said Gary Percefull, board president. “During the course of the search process, we have interviewed a number of excellent prospects for superintendent - about 25 in all, some from in-state and others from outside Oklahoma. It is critical that we identify a candidate who buys into the board’s vision for Tulsa Public Schools and who is the best fit given a strategic plan that is already well underway. In some respects, we have been a victim of our own success. Other districts have successfully recruited away some of our top talent. Without a doubt, Dr. Ballard’s greatest strength is cultivating leaders. He has already proven that he is the best person for the job. By asking Dr. Ballard to stay, the board is committed to building a succession plan that will provide greater stability when we are ready to make a change. Until then, we are pleased that he has agreed to stay pending final approval of a contract.”