After a nationwide search, the Board of Education has announced the final candidate for the job of superintendent of Mustang Public Schools is interim superintendent Charles Bradley. The board will vote and conduct final negotiations at the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 10. Bradley has been serving as interim since July 1 after former superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel took the top position for Oklahoma City.
Jeff Landrith, board president, said the choice was clear.
"We had a lot of excellent candidates from around the state and beyond, but Mr. Bradley stood out as our top candidate," he said.
Bradley has been with the district for 20 years, starting as a science teacher at Mustang High School. He spent a little over three years as an assistant principal at MHS. He served as the District Academic Officer for the district for four years and was the deputy superintendent for Mustang Schools from January 2013 to May 2018. As deputy superintendent he has been deeply involved in bonds and construction projects, school operations, student services and human resources.
“I am thrilled to be considered the final candidate,” Bradley said. “Mustang is home. My family and I have been a part of this community for 20 years. To make it to this point in the process is an unbelievable honor.”
Mustang has seen a lengthy period of sustained student population growth. A 2017 bond issue made it possible to open new elementary and intermediate schools in 2018. A new middle school will open in August 2019. Several other projects are under construction at the high school campus.
“One reason for selecting Charles Bradley as the final candidate is that he’s been part of this process since the beginning and has seen the growth and how it has impacted the district since the late 1990s,” Landrith said. “Charles has shown himself to be an effective leader and has a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge that will help with our continued growth at MPS."
Students, teachers, support staff, parents and the community are invited to a reception to thank Bradley for his service as interim superintendent at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 10, at Canyon Ridge Intermediate, before the Board of Education meeting. As the final candidate for the superintendent's position, he and the board will enter negotiations for the position in executive session during the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.