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Bradley announced as final candidate for superintendent's position

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. 

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JROTC instructor Moreira chosen as Memorial Marathon Ambassador
 Mustang Public Schools will be well represented at the 2019 Memorial Marathon. One of Mustang High School’s JROTC instructors, Jorge Moreira, MSG, USA (Ret.), has been selected as one of the 2019 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Ambassadors. He has committed to run the 26.2 miles and invites others join him for the entire marathon, the relay marathon, half marathon or the 5K.  Click "Read More" to learn why he applied to run in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. 
 
Smicklas gives $7,500 to school foundation

Smicklas Chevrolet donated $7,500 to the Mustang Public Schools Foundation last week. Russ Myers, vice president of the MPSF, said the donation will greatly increase the foundation’s ability to provide grants for teachers. 

“The foundation exists to support and enhance what our teachers can do in the classroom,” he said. “This is done primarily through grants given to teachers who have a creative project in mind that goes above and beyond the normal curriculum provided by the district. We cannot say thank you enough to Smicklas Chevrolet for this donation. It will make a difference in the lives of hundreds of students.” 

Grant applications are due by Oct. 31and are available on the foundation’s website. 

Parents should be on the lookout in November for a “Bucks for Broncos” campaign envelope to come home with their student. 

Donations to the Mustang Public Schools Foundation are tax deductible. Anyone who would like to support the foundation can stop by their website to donate as well: https://www.mustangpsfoundation.org  

Check here for counseling support services
If your child is in crisis or needing outside counseling support you may contact Oklahoma Family Counseling Services at 405-577-5477. Identify your child as a student of MPS. Oklahoma Family Counseling Services can provide direction or make an appointment to see a counselor at the Oklahoma Family Counseling Services office located at 428 S Mustang Rd.
 
Newell leaves Homeland Security to become director of security for MPS

The Mustang Board of Education approved the hire of Jennifer Newell to fill the new position of Director of School Safety and Security. Newell, a retired officer for the Norman Police Department, has nearly five years as the program manager for the Oklahoma School Security Institute through the Office of Homeland Security. 

Interim Superintendent Charles Bradley is thrilled with the board’s decision. 

“Many members of leadership with Mustang Schools have had the privilege of working with Jennifer. She has been a voice of expertise for our district for several years,” Bradley said. “Her background and connections are going to take Mustang to the next level in providing safe, secure environments for our students.” Newell has been a trainer statewide for developing emergency operations plans for K-12 schools, managing risk at athletics and after school activities, crisis team training with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, school response to an armed assailant, bus operator safety and more. She’s conducted 52 risk and vulnerability assessments at public and private schools as well as technology centers. Her training has also included how to prevent crime through environmental design.       

Parent Portal is now open!
Parent Portal is now open. If you are an existing user, please log in to the service on a computer at https://ps.mustangps.org/public/. There is an issue with the Parent Portal app on an iPhone, and we encourage iPhone users to log into a computer until PowerSchool comes up with a solution. If you use the app on an android phone it should function properly. If you have issues on an android, uninstall, reboot your phone and then reinstall the app. 
If you have never had a Parent Portal account, stop by your child’s school site and show a photo ID to pick up the letter that contains your access ID and password. Then, create an account on Parent Portal at https://ps.mustangps.org/public/
If you have forgotten your username or passcode, the log in screen has options for you to recover both.  (Remember no school Monday for Labor Day!) 
 
Contact us!
Mailing address for all schools, and address for the Administration Building: 
906 S. Heights Drive
Mustang, OK 73064
 
Admin Main Line:
405-376-2461 
 
Building Hours: 
M-F: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
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 bond issue 2017
Click here for information on the 2017 Bond Issue.
 
 
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