Skiatook School Board President Resigns

Friday, July 2nd 2010, 4:16 pm
By: News On 6

SKIATOOK, OK -- The president of the Skiatook School Board resigned Friday.

A grand jury investigating a spending scandal at Skiatook Schools recommended Kenny Cooper be removed from office. 

6/29/2010 Related Story: Grand Jury Calls For Removal of Skiatook School Board President

"I have been proud to serve on the Skiatook School Board for seven years and we have grown significantly during that time," Cooper said in a statement.  "May my resignation help begin the healing process for our community."

The grand jury claimed Cooper approved purchases from E and E sales, an Oklahoma City supplier, that were marked up as much as 500 percent and that he also allowed the district to overpay for equipment by more than $230,000.

The grand jury report indicted Dr. Gary Johnson, the former superintendent of the Skiatook School District.  He faces embezzlement and bribery charges.

6/29/2010 Related Story: Attorney For Ex Skiatook School Superintendent Calls Spending Scandal An Honest Mistake