Bobbie Gray-Elliott

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Bobbie Gray-Elliott
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Board member, Tulsa School Board, District 4
Former officeholder
In office
1998 - 2014
Term ends
2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First elected2002
Appointed1998
Term limitsN/A
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Bobbie Gray-Elliot was the District 4 representative on the Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education in Oklahoma. Gray-Elliot was initially appointed to the chamber in 1998 and sought re-election in the general election on February 11, 2014. She was defeated by Shawna Keller in a runoff election on April 1, 2014.[1]

Biography

Gray-Elliott has lived in East Tulsa for 30 years. She has served as a member of TMAPC (Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission), as an active member on the Tulsa Education Task Force, Tulsa Education Oversight Committee, Project Get Together Board of Directors, Vision 2000, Riverside Task Force, District 17 Planning Chair (East Tulsa), HomeOwnership Tulsa, East Tulsa Coalition Task Force, President of Eastland Acres Neighborhood Association, President of the Mingo Valley Neighborhood Association and served as a Surrogate/Parent Advocate for TPS. Gray-Elliot is a realtor and has stayed actively involved in the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors. She has been an associate with Keller Williams Realty in Tulsa for 19 years. Gray-Elliot married David Elliott in 2013, after her husband of 35 years, Richard Gray, passed away in 2009. She has four children and 10 grandchildren.[1][2]

Elections

2014

See also: Tulsa Public Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Gray-Elliott challenged newcomers Shawna Keller and William D. Bickerstaff for the District 4 seat in the general election on February 11, 2014. She was defearted Shawna Keller in a runoff election on April 1, 2014.

Election results

Runoff election
Tulsa Public Schools, District 4 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShawna Keller 65% 1,046
     Nonpartisan Bobbie Gray-Elliott Incumbent 35% 562
Total Votes 1,608
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Municipal/Annual School Runoff Election — April 1, 2014," April 9, 2014
General election
Tulsa Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShawna Keller 49.8% 220
     Nonpartisan Bobbie Gray-Elliot 36% 159
     Nonpartisan William D. Bickerstaff 14.3% 63
Total Votes 442
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Annual School Election — February 11, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014

Funding

Gray-Elliot did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[3]

Endorsements

Gary-Elliot did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

2014

Gray-Elliott's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2014:

Funding

"Since FY 2008, Oklahoma has had the largest drop in spending per student in the country-a reduction of 22.8%. As the district is growing, the grand total revenue loss based on the 2013 WADM was -$18,644,407. 42% of the General Fund Revenue comes from State Appropriations. Our Per Pupil Expenditures (PPE) are $1660 lower than the regional average. Increasing funding to meet just these regional averages would allow TPS to hire 1400 new teachers to support the needs of our classrooms. Legislatures need to understand the complexity of the Urban school environment(s). Funding must increase to optimize classroom effectiveness in all areas."

School safety

"Although Tulsa Public Schools is a leader in securing our facilities with coded entries, video camera's and visible security officers, it still is one of the District top Priorities. We must continue to work towards Safe in Place and imminent danger strategies for our students and teachers. "

Education

"Although Tulsa Public Schools is a leader in securing our facilities with coded entries, video camera's and visible security officers, it still is one of the District top Priorities. We must continue to work towards Safe in Place and imminent danger strategies for our students and teachers. "

Dropouts and attendance

"We need to continue to get our arms around those students who become so disillusioned during their late middle to early high school journey that they feel that only alternative for them is to dropout. Better resources need to be made available to provide encouragement and assistance to stay in school.

Attendance matters. Although many students who do not come to school is at an average of 10%, many do not come because their parents do not see the importance if attending on a regular basis. We need to continue to reach out. "

Diversity

"TPS has culminated approximately 26 different language speaking cultures in our schools. East Tulsa schools sit with an average of a 57% Hispanic population with Mong increasing to 9%. We need to continue to embrace these cultures and find resources to educate all students across all language barriers. "

Teachers

"Teachers are and always will be one of the most valued resources in our schools. Should we allow them to continue to be the lowest paid in the the nation and yet reconized nationally for their outstanding performance? There has been no salary increase from the state since 2008 for teachers. The fight must continue for at least a middle class wage to keep our best and brightest here and attract qualified teachers to our classrooms."

Overcrowding

"Over half of the ten schools are at or above capacity in the East Central Feeder Pattern. Immediate adjustments need to be addressed, especially with the imminent concern for potential 3rd grade retention with the pass/fail reading test this year. We need alleviate classroom overcrowding and improve quality teaching environments."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

Two seats on the school board were up for election on February 11, 2014. District 4 member Bobbie Gray-Elliott sought re-election against newcomers Shawna Keller and William D. Bickerstaff. In District 7, newcomers Suzanne Schreiber and Gene Beach competed for Lois Jacobs' seat. Neither the president nor the vice president of the school board were up for re-election in 2014.

Issues in the district

Overcrowding

Tulsa Public Schools was addressing overcrowding in many of its schools. The district had shut down 14 school buildings with low enrollment as part of an ongoing efficiency initiative known as Project Schoolhouse. This left many schools operating at higher occupancy rates. District leaders said they need to pay close attention to ensure that schools did not cross the line between full and overcapacity. Each winter following Project Schoolhouse's institution, district administrators conducted an annual site capacity review, and the Tulsa school board subsequently approved adjustments to school boundaries to help balance out student enrollments among sites. In 2013, Tulsa Public Schools reopened a closed elementary school building as a seventh grade center to help alleviate unexpected crowding at McLain Junior High School. Superintendent Keith Ballard believed that Project Schoolhouse was working and that the district could be eligible to pursue a new bond issue to address capital needs, including classroom additions, in late 2014 or early 2015.[4]

About the district

See also: Tulsa Public Schools, Oklahoma
Tulsa Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Okla.
Tulsa Public Schools is located in Tulsa County in northeastern Oklahoma. The county seat of Tulsa County is Tulsa. According to the United States Census Bureau, Tulsa County was home to 613,816 residents in 2012.[5] Tulsa Public Schools was the second-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 41,501 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[6]

Demographics

Tulsa County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Tulsa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.2 percent for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Tulsa County was $47,845 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Tulsa County was 15.4 percent compared to 16.6 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Tulsa County (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 74.2 75.5
Black or African American 10.9 7.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 6.5 9.0
Asian 2.5 1.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 5.7 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 11.4 9.3

Tulsa County
Party Affiliation[7]
Year Democratic Republican Independent
2014 120,346 168,774 44,010
2013 129,137 175,008 43,625
2012 123,640 163,372 38,698
2011 131,324 169,525 41,243
2010 131,772 165,289 39,416

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[8][9]

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