Karl Springer

Lopez Taking Over Oklahoma City Public Schools

Aug 26, 2013
Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce

The Oklahoma City Public Schools has a new superintendent, at least temporarily. The school board voted unanimously this morning to hire Dave Lopez as the interim superintendent for the state's largest school district.

His salary was set at $160,000. Lopez is currently Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce and worked as a telephone company executive before entering public service.

Oklahoma City Public Schools

The superintendent of Oklahoma's largest public school district says he will retire Aug. 30.

Karl Springer has led the Oklahoma City Public School District for five years. He said in a statement Monday that it was an honor to "serve as the lead teacher" in the district.

Springer is a retired Army colonel and was superintendent of the Mustang district for eight years before moving to the Oklahoma City school system. He was also in education for more than two decades before working at Mustang.