The Norman Board of Education Wednesday unanimously approved hiring two new high school principals during a special board meeting.

The school board named Kristi Gray as the new principal for Norman North, while David Jackson was named the new principal for Norman High School.

Gray has served as Norman Public Schools' director of gifted and advanced programs since 2014. Gray also previously served as Norman North's assistant principal.

Jackson recently served as the academic coordinator for science, technology, education, arts and mathematics, as well as secondary science at Tulsa Public Schools. He previously served as principal for Metro Christian Academy for 12 years

Superintendent Nick Migliorino said the committee had nearly 40 applicants for both positions.

"Narrowing it down to these two finalists was incredibly exciting," Migliorino said. "We're looking forward to what they're going to bring to the table, how they're going to embrace the traditions going on at those high schools and how they are going to push the schools to take them to the next level."

BOE President Linda Sexton said the board was pleased with the amount of applicants.

"We were looking for applicants who can do more than what's (on a resume), and what they say," Sexton said. "We were looking for enthusiasm and optimism for the job. We have to look at how people fit in with our schools and their integrity and inclusivity. Our team has been really good at finding people who fit, and we think we did that with these hires."

Jackson will be replacing Scott Beck, while Gray will be replacing Peter Liesenfeld.

Both Beck and Liesenfeld are moving to administrator positions with the school district. Beck was recently named as director of student services for secondary schools. Liesenfeld was named the chief technology officer.

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