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Central Office Leadership

Duncan Public Schools is a group of dedicated individuals who steer the business of education.  The task of teaching children requires many back office systems and processes.  Therefore we strive to keep them as transparent as possible allowing each school in the district to concentrate on their mission.  Our offices are ready and willing to assist in all aspects of finance, enrollment, staffing, and more.

Melonie Hau, Superintendent of Schools

Mrs. Hau has spent 25 years as an Oklahoma educator. Her teaching experience includes middle school language arts, AP Literature, and creative writing before becoming a principal at Deer Creek High School. Most recently, she worked as an Assistant Superintendent in Enid. She is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Oklahoma. Her focus is on creating strong school communities which maximize student learning for every child.


Merry Stone, Assistant Superintendent


Merry has worked in Duncan Public Schools for sixteen years as a classroom teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Principal. Her role as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services encompasses all aspects of our district that relate to curriculum and instruction, as well as other education support services provided to our students. Merry has a passion for educational strategies, and how we can best serve the students of Duncan Public Schools.

Channa Byerly, CFO

Ms. Byerly is responsible for the fiscal accountability of the district. School finance is complex and Channa navigates the web of rules and regulations with complete professionalism and compliance.




Len Lawson, Director of Maintenance


Mr. Lawson graduated from Comanche High School and has worked in all phases of construction. He began his career in highway construction, then moved to home and commercial construction. Mr. Lawson also owned his own business for over 20 years. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Lawson as an employee of Duncan Public Schools.

Michele Scott, Director of Special Services


Michele graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Disorders and from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology. Michele has worked for 21 years with children of special needs. This will be her 9th year with Duncan Public Schools. Michele works with other professionals to facilitate the educational programming of students. Michele leads a multidiciplinary team of special education teachers, therapists, and paraprofessionals to provide evaluations, education and therapeutic services for students with special learning needs.

Allison Lovett, Director of Federal and State Funds

JD Taylor, Supervisor of Technical Services


JD oversees all things technical. Everything from the content on our school TV channel to school security and safety as well as classroom based technology are but a few of the services under his watch. JD is the go to man for a technical project you want completed successfully.

Becky Barnes, Child Nutrition Director


Feeding 3,800 plus kids is no easy job. Ms. Barnes is responsible for managing cafeteria staff, developing nutritious menus, and complying with all federal guidelines in school food services.