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New superintendent Robert Neu’s plan for a community-led strategic planning process to improve school performance is not getting the support of at least one board member.

“I’m disappointed that our superintendent has chosen to say that after 100 days of observing now we are going to take another six months to talk about it,” Bob Hammack said during Monday’s board meeting. “That’s insane. We are essentially going to waste a year.”

Called The Great Conversation, Neu has said as many as 150 people will serve on a planning team, made up of students, parents and community leaders.

“We cannot focus on what has been, but instead what needs to be done,” Neu said in a statement. “I ask that the community suspend all disbelief and work with us as we develop a far-reaching, student-focused plan that builds a stronger school district and community.”

Neu, who was hired as the new Oklahoma City Public School District superintendent this summer, said The Great Conversation is a six-month comprehensive strategic alignment process that will allow the district to gather input and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders.

Hammack said the district has held many focus groups, meetings and other planning sessions and that the latest plan from Neu is a waste of time.

“This is a subject that has been talked to death and I am concerned that we are being asked to wait another six months,” Hammack said. “My kids don’t have six months they are ready to have their lives improved right now.”

Neu was not present for Monday's board meeting.

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