- Ada, Oklahoma

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August 14, 2013

Longtime education official joins race for state superintendent

Ada —

Jack Herron’s resume includes 18 years as a school superintendent, an 11-year stint as director of regional centers for the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics and 10 months in the state Department of Education.

Now, Herron is hoping to become the state’s top education official.

The Norman Democrat announced recently that he will run for state superintendent of public instruction in the next statewide election. He joins three other Democrats and one Republican who are hoping to defeat Republican Superintendent Janet Barresi in 2014.

Herron decided to seek the position because he believes the current administration has created turmoil for Oklahoma schools, he said Monday.

“I think the teachers are stressed, parents are stressed,” he said. “I think we need some new leadership to give it direction so we can settle the state of Oklahoma down.”

Herron said he believes the current administration is not working with education officials around the state to improve the state’s public schools.


A career in education

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Herron has worked as a high school principal and teacher, according to information he supplied to The Ada News. He served as superintendent in the Macomb, Mangum, Guthrie and Duncan school districts for 18 years and founded the Edge Academy Alternative School in Duncan.

Herron spent 11 years as outreach coordinator and director of regional centers for the Oklahoma City-based School of Science and Mathematics, a two-year residential high school funded by the state Legislature. The regional centers provide advanced science and math courses for eligible students in their junior year of high school.

Herron said former Superintendent Sandy Garrett hired him as assistant state superintendent for financial services, and he held that position for six months  under Garrett. He remained in office for a short time when Barresi took over in 2011, then went to work for Professional Oklahoma Educators.

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