Mustang Public Schools

Holiday Classic brackets have been released

Mustang announced the brackets for its inaugural Cornerstone Bank Mustang Holiday Classic last week. The tournament is loaded with state champion programs, and the girls’ bracket features three defending champions. In the girls’ bracket, there are 22 combined championships and 23 combined championships in the boys bracket. Action will take place in the Mustang Event…

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KEEPING IT QUIET

Search for superintendent to remain secret By Chris Eversole The Mustang Board of Education decided Monday to conduct its first round of interviews for a new superintendent Monday and Tuesday. The board did not decide on how many applicants it would interview, but the number could be as many as 12, Board President Jeff Landrith…

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Nightriders head to nationals

By Faith DeSplinter This week, the Mustang Nightrider Marching Band is heading to Bands of America Grand Nationals. They will compete against 100 bands from across the nation. “Grand Nationals is such a diverse and really awesome experience. I get to meet people from all over the nation who share the same passion as I…

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New science academy to emphasize hands-on learning

By Chris Eversole Mustang Public Schools are looking forward to the opening of the new high school science academy at the start of the new school year. Construction of the modern building is progressing well, and the science academy will be completed in the spring, Assistant Superintendent Tracy Skinner said. “We’re fortunate to be upgrading…

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Financially Strong

By Chris Eversole Mustang Public Schools are staying financially strong while adding 75 new staff members and implementing pay raises the Legislature approved in the springs – changes that increased the annual budget to $73.1 million, up from $60.8 million. The stability took years of preparation, said Chief Financial Officer Nancy McKay. That preparation included:…

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Mustang science teacher arrested

By Brody Feldmann A recently hired Mustang North Middle School teacher was arrested Sunday after being accused of stealing drugs from an Oklahoma City home. Jennifer Leah Beaty, 39, was arrested Sunday evening on complaints of stealing from a house along with stealing a controlled dangerous substance, according to an Oklahoma City police report. Beaty…

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New educational resource center progresses

By Chris Eversole Work on the Mustang Public School’s new Educational Resource Center is moving along. The building, facing Mustang Road east of the high school, will consolidate various offices that now are housed at other sites. It will replace the aging administration building. A new band practice pavilion will be built on that site.…

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Kids who seem fine – but aren’t – is tough

By Chris Eversole Identifying some students who need help is easy, Mustang High School Principal Teresa Wilkerson said. “Our teachers are very observant when kids shut down. It’s also easy when kids talk out,” she said. “The hard part is when they’re rocking along like everything’s OK. The parents have no signs; the school has…

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Emotional health a priority in Mustang schools

By Chris Eversole Mustang Public Schools officials are responding to the loss of a student last week by vowing to enhance their already strong efforts to promote the emotional health of students. “An event like this forces you to look at what you have in place, what kind of strategies are going on, are they…

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Police investigate teen’s shooting

By Chris Eversole Authorities in Mustang say they are investigating after a 15-year-old boy was found shot in his home Tuesday. Mustang Police Chief Robert Groseclose said authorities believe the shooting was self-inflicted but are continuing the investigate. Groseclose said police received a call shortly after 5 p.m. stating that the boy, whose name has…

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