New Muskogee High School band director Mike Sisco has won a lot of awards in his career, according to a press release from Muskogee Public Schools announcing his hiring. What the release doesn’t mention is that Sisco was once accused of bullying students and intimidating one for taking their complaints to the school’s administration.
One former student also alleged that Sisco had a sexual relationship with a senior at one of his former schools, though no corroboration of that claim has surfaced.
The Muskogee School Board says it knew about the bullying allegations, but that since there was only one complaint, they viewed it as “unfounded,” even though Sisco allegedly immediately left that school for another school after the allegations.
The schools issued the following statement today after being asked about the allegations:
The Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education approved the recommendation to hire Mike Sisco as Director of Bands during the April 2022 regular board meeting. Sisco was recommended to the board following a comprehensive search by a selection committee.
The committee, composed of parents, community members, and administrators, interviewed candidates from the applicant pool. Two candidates were selected for final interviews with district administrators. At the conclusion of the process, Sisco was selected to be recommended for board consideration.
During the vetting process, information about allegations of bullying and inappropriate relationships surfaced. MPS thoroughly investigated the allegations and found one isolated complaint within Sisco’s 30 year tenure as a band instructor. As a result, MPS administration determined the allegations to be unfounded and moved forward in recommending Sisco for board approval.
Student safety and wellbeing is the utmost priority for the district. All reports of concern are reviewed and taken seriously.