Tishomingo hires new superintendent

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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - Just a fresh start," Tishomingo Board President Doug Blackburn said.

Blackburn says the district has hired Alicia O'Donnell as its new superintendent.

"We think she's going to be a very progressive, good superintendent for us," Blackburn said. [It] seems like she was going to have good people skills, very organized and she had done some good things in her school district financially."

Current Superintendent, Kevin Duncan announced his resignation in February nearly a year after his wife Shelley (a former teacher and cheer coach within the district) was arrested and charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

"I hated to see the previous superintendent leave," Mayor Don Keel said. But I think that it's in the best interest of the school."

"You know there wasn't any other possible outcome for him," Resident Stan Martin said.

Blackburn says more than 30 educators applied, all knowing the uphill battle they would face.

"The informed candidates all knew of the challenges in Tishomingo and she felt certainly ready to tackle that challenge," Blackburn said.

We reached out to O'Donnell for comment but she wasn't available.

As for the Duncan's, Shelley's jury trial is set for later this month in Norman.

"We're gonna miss him dearly, he's been a great superintendent," Blackburn said. We want to continue some of the things he started, and yet have a fresh new start into our school district, maybe a healing for our district."