BIXBY, Okla. — The superintendent of Bixby Public Schools has resigned in the wake of accusations of sexual assault among members of the football team.
The Bixby Board of Education held a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
During the meeting, the board approved superintendent Robert Kyle Wood's resignation.
Lydia Wilson, a 20-year education veteran and principal from Bixby Central Elementary School, will serve as the interim superintendent, and the board of education will begin a search for a new superintendent on January 18, 2018.
The district will rely on help from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association to facilitate the search. The process could take 2-3 months and the district anticipates a July 1 starts day for the next superintendent.
Five Bixby football players are accused of sexually assaulting a teammate at Wood's house in September.
Officials said Wood will receive all benefits through October 2018, at which point the board said they will have to decide whether to continue paying Wood.
Wood's attorney, Paul DeMuro, maintains that Wood did not break any laws, and said that Wood was stressed dealing with the accusations, despite support from the community.
DeMuro said Wood didn't want to resign, but he allegedly decided it was the best decision to resign.
He said Wood has not begun to look for other work opportunities and is instead focusing on Christmas shopping with his family.
DeMuro told FOX23 he will not comment on the ongoing case, but he said in a statement that he will respect the Rogers County District Attorney's investigative process.
DeMuro released a statement concerning Wood's resignation Tuesday evening:
Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard released a statement saying that he believes the investigators handling the case are dedicated to law and to the truth:
Wood's resignation comes as the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation looks into the superintendent and other administrators over their response to the alleged assault.
Bixby police started the investigation and filed reports saying football players assaulted a teammate, and investigators have since alleged that Woods and administrators tried to cover up the incident.
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