BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Broken Arrow Public Schools has introduced the administrator who will temporarily serve as the district's superintendent.
Dr. Janet Dunlop will take over the office after the school board and Dr. Jarod Mendenhall's decided to part ways earlier in December.
Dunlop previously worked for the Oklahoma Department of Education, but served as an associate superintendent in Broken Arrow before that.
Dunlop says she couldn't be happier to return home and take on this opportunity. She said there will be a continuity of leadership and took time to thank her predecessor for his accomplishments as superintendent.
“We are going to continue to move forward in extremely positive ways with both our city government and our Chamber,” she said.
But many are still wondering what the district is moving forward from.
Dunlop would not comment on Mendenhall's departure.
“As far as Doctor Mendenhall, he's publicly stated he's had opportunities in education, and we have to respect that,” Dunlop said.
The district and Mendenhall agreed to part ways last week.
Mendenhall had two years left on his contract – but neither he or Broken Arrow Public Schools released what caused the split.
Now Dunlop hopes to steer students in the right direction.
“We are going to remain steadfast in our goal toward 100-percent literacy, engagement and graduation,” she said.
“Given the opportunity, I would love to stay in Broken Arrow until I retire.”
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