DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters met with Durant Public Schools Superintendent Duane Merideth on Thursday to discuss education plans for the 2025-26 school year.

Walters said he believes Durant will continue seeing success with new superintendent Mark Moring, who was named Wednesday to succeed Merideth, based on the district's continuous efforts in quality education, and its plans to prioritize new teacher recruitment, summer school programs and state testing.

"You want to make sure that they've got a good person following up, and I think Durant's done a great job to go out and find a good qualified individual to step in," Walters said. "You got a district here that they've got a great culture; they've really developed a student outcome-driven model here; they've recruited great teachers. I think you're going to continue to see success."

Moring may be a familiar face to some; he's coming from Davis Public Schools, where he also served as superintendent.

KTEN reached out to Mark Moring, but he was not available to comment on his new position.