The Pawhuska Board of Education voted Monday to accept the resignation of Dr. Janet Neufeld as school superintendent, which means the school district is about to embark on a search for a new top administrator.
The board then talked about the possibility of paying the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to conduct a superintendent search, but decided to table that agenda item to allow board chairman Justin Sellers time to seek information that he wanted to obtain before moving ahead.
Sellers clarified for the Pawhuska Journal-Capital after the meeting that he wanted to seek information about some legal details. The board indicated Monday evening that a special meeting will be called to take the next step in looking for a new superintendent.
Sellers said it had been his desire to “keep all our options open” rather than moving immediately to engage the OSSBA to do a superintendent search.
“We know what we need here at Pawhuska Public Schools,” Sellers said, adding that a new superintendent will have to establish clear communication with the community as a whole, and with students.
The Board of Education did not publicly discuss any reasons for Neufeld’s resignation, but board member Mike Tolson expressed thanks for Neufeld’s service to the district and wished her well in future endeavors.
Neufeld succeeded Dr. Landon Berry, who resigned in 2016 to take another superintendent job. Pawhuska Public Schools chose Neufeld, who had worked more than 30 years as an educator in Kansas, from a field of more than 20 applicants. The OSSBA conducted that search.
In other personnel moves Monday, the Pawhuska Board of Education voted to hire Amy Nail-Sanders to be principal of Indian Camp Elementary School, and to hire Sarah Smith/Bell to serve as a junior high school/high school counselor.
The Board also voted to accept the resignation of Luke Broadbent, who coached the Pawhuska High girls basketball team. Broadbent has reportedly been named the new girls basketball coach for Leedey Public Schools.