Durant School Board voted unanimously on a new superintendent during a special meeting at noon Wednesday.
The position was given to Duane Merideth, who has served as assistant superintendent for 14 years.
Meredith has been in public education for 30 years. He began his teaching career in 1984 as a biology teacher in Sherman, Texas, where he also coached football, powerlifting and track.
From 1990-92, he was principal at Sherman’s Dillingham Intermediate School.
Within the Durant Independent School District, Merideth has spent time as middle-school assistant principal, and intermediate and high-school principal.
He also served as superintendent at Rock Creek High School before returning to Durant in 2000 as assistant superintendent.
“I come from a family of educators,” said Merideth.
He said his father was an educator, as well as his sister. His mother was an elementary-school secretary.
“It may be in my blood,” Merideth said, laughing.
Merideth received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Merideth said he is honored to have been selected as superintendent and will do his best to maintain the school’s standard of excellence.
He said he had thought about trying for the position in the past, but the timing just felt right now.
Merideth said he is not planning any major changes for the near future but will keep evaluating the district’s programs and make adjustments accordingly.
He said one strong point he has going into the position is his preexisting relationship with the staff and teachers at the schools.
He also said this connection and the relationship he has with the community makes the transition easier.
“I’ve been here long enough I know what the community wants,” said Merideth.
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