Broken Arrow Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Broken Arrow Public Schools
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Broken Arrow Public School seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Jarod Mendenhall
Graduation rate:92.9%
Number of schools:24
Budget: $113.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Cheryl Kelly
Board members:5
Term length:5
Broken Arrow Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that serves the city of Broken Arrow. It is the sixth-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 16,732 students in 24 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] The school district has an operating budget of $113.0 million during the 2014-2015 school year.[2]

About the district

Broken Arrow Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Okla.
Broken Arrow Public Schools is located in Tulsa County with a portion of the district located in Wagoner County in northeastern Oklahoma. The county seat of Tulsa County is Tulsa. Tulsa County was home to approximately 622,409 residents in 2013 according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Tulsa County outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.7 percent of its residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.5 percent for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in the county was $48,181 compared to $45,339 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Tulsa County was 15.9 percent compared to 16.9 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Tulsa
County (%)
Oklahoma (%)
White 74.0 75.4
Black or African American 10.8 7.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 6.7 9.0
Asian 2.6 2.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 5.8 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 11.6 9.6

Tulsa County
Party Affiliation[4]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]


Jarod Mendenhall is the current Superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools. He has served in this position since July 2010. He had previously served as the assistant superintendent of Union Public School for six years. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and his doctoral degree from Oral Roberts University.[6]

School board

The Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education is composed of five members each serving five year terms.[7]

Broken Arrow Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Steve Allen Zone 1 2016
Steve Majors Zone 2 2017
Theresa Williamson Zone 3 2018
Cheryl Kelly Zone 4 2019
Jerry Denton Zone 5 2020

School board elections

See also: Broken Arrow Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education are elected to five-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was scheduled for February 10, 2015. However, only one candidate filed for the Zone 5 seat and so the race did not appear on the ballot. One seat was up for election in 2013 and one seat was up for election in 2014.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:

Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to describe the procedures regarding the participation of the public during Board meetings.

Citizens are encouraged to attend meetings of the Board of Education and are allowed to address the Board and to comment concerning the Board’s deliberations or on other relevant issues of interest/concern at regular meetings. Public comment will not be permitted at special meetings or emergency meetings of the Board of Education unless the meeting is declared to be a public hearing for that purpose.

The Board President may interrupt and terminate any presentation not deemed to be in accordance with the guidelines set out by this policy. The Board President may also, after a warning, preclude an individual speaker from addressing the Board on any other agenda item at that meeting and/or at the next regular meeting of the Board of Education for violation of the guidelines set out by this policy.

Public Comment Guidelines School Board policies, state law, and federal law establish separate and distinct procedures and forums for the resolution of employee grievances, employee complaints, employee suspensions and terminations, complaints against individual employees, student suspensions and appeals, political campaigns and litigation.

To avoid circumvention of these separate proceedings and to assure fairness to all parties concerned, no person will be allowed to speak regarding the following:

1. An issue in a pending lawsuit, complaint, or investigation filed with an outside agency, wherein the District, employee(s) or the Board is a party;

2. A pending grievance;

3. A pending employee complaint filed with the District or an outside agency;

4. An employee disciplinary action including suspension or termination;

5. A pending student disciplinary action including suspension or appeal that may reach the Board.

Should a member of the public wish to lodge a complaint or resolve a particular issue of concern, he or she may be directed to the District’s policy regarding complaint resolution procedures. The individual dignity of Board members, District employees, students and members of the public must be respected by all speakers. No Board members, employees, students, nor members of the public will be subjected to verbal abuse.[8][9]

—Broken Arrow Public Schools


The table below displays the budget for Broken Arrow Public Schools:[2]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $71,452,597 71.7% $8,293,302 8.3% $19,119,512 19.2% $1,340 0% $755,562 0.8% $99,622,313
2013-2014 $76,303,220 72% $7,853,345 7.4% $21,170,623 20% $0 0% $672,812 0.6% $106,000,000
2014-2015 $73,029,490 64.6% $9,427,060 8.3% $28,270,150 25% $0 0% $2,273,300 2% $113,000,000
Averages: $73,595,102.33 69% $8,524,569 8% $22,853,428.33 22% $446.67 0% $1,233,891.33 1% $106,207,437.67

Teacher salaries

Broken Arrow Public Schools employed 1,050 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at credit intervals. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Broken Arrow Teachers Association for 2013 through 2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 31,909 45,455
B.A. + 15 32,231 45,778
B.A. + 30 32,554 46,422
MA 33,286 49,735
MA + 30 33,958 50,057
MA + 45 34,281 50,380
Doctorate 34,717 51,730

Schools in Broken Arrow Public Schools


Broken Arrow Public Schools served 16,732 students in 24 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[1]

District schools

Broken Arrow Public Schools operates 22 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Broken Arrow Public Schools
Arrowhead Elementary
Aspen Creek Elementary
Broken Arrow Academy
Broken Arrow High School
Country Lane Intermediate
Country Lane Primary
Creekwood Elementary
Highland Park Elementary
Leisure Park Elementary
Liberty Elementary
Lynn Wood Elementary
Margaret Hudson
North Intermediate
Oak Crest Elementary
Oneta Ridge
Rhoades Elementary
South Intermediate
Spring Creek Elementary
Vandeva Elementary
Wolf Creek Elementary

Academic performance

The Oklahoma Department of Education issues an annual A-F School Report Card for each school district in the state. This annual report takes into account student achievement, overall student growth and bottom quartile student growth. The student achievement category accounts for 50% of the grading formula and tracks student performance on standardized tests in five categories. These testing categories are English, math, science, U.S. history and writing. The overall student growth category accounts for 25% of the grading formula and compares test results from the previous year to the current year. The bottom quartile student growth accounts for 25% of the grading formula and analyzes progress by students in the bottom 25% of test performers from the previous year.

Broken Arrow Public Schools received an overall grade of 79 for a C+ on the 2012-2013 report card.[12] The state of Oklahoma received an overall grade of 71 for a C- on the 2012-2013 report card.[13] The following tables compare the 2012-2013 A-F School Report Card from Broken Arrow Public Schools to the state's report card:[14]

Student Achievement

Student Achievement results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English/English III 78 73 C C
Math/Algebra I/Algebra II/Geometry 75 72 C C
Science/Biology I 61 54 D F
U.S. History 80 77 B C
Writing 66 56 D F
Overall Grade 74 69 C D

Overall Student Growth results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English II 83 79 B C
Math/Algebra I 78 78 C C
Overall Grade 81 79 B C

Bottom Quartile Student Growth results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English II 59 59 F F
Math/Algebra I 52 59 F F
Overall Grade 56 59 F F


2015 bond issue questions

Bond issue appropriations, 2015
Description Amount
Three new elementary schools $80,000,000
High school STEM classroom addition $21,000,000
New middle school $30,000,000
Sequoyah Middle School renovation and expansion $19,500,000
Childers and Oliver Middle School renovation and expansion $12,000,000
Freshman Academy Classroom expansion $15,000,000
Special education classrooms $4,000,000
Land acquisition $14,000,000
Kirkland Activity Complex $39,000,000
Two school auditoriums $34,000,000
Westwood Spirit and Auxiliary gymnasium $12,000,000
Vocational agricultural facility $4,000,000
Elementary renovations $5,000,000
High school renovation $12,000,000
Broken Arrow Alternative Academy renovation $4,000,000
District maintenance, security, furniture, fixtures and equipment $17,500,000
District technology allocation $20,000,000
District instructional allocation $18,000,000
Buses and student transportation $9,000,000

District residents decided to authorize the issuance of approximately $370 million in bonds at the polls on February 10, 2015. The funds will be used to add new schools and classrooms in the district as well as maintenance on existing facilities over the next 12 years. The allocation of these funds can be found in the table on the right. Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall provided the following statement in a pamphlet describing the bond proposal:

The 2009 bond issue and the reallocation of bond funds in 2011 were a major step in addressing some long overdue needs of the district. As a result of these bond issues, Broken Arrow Public Schools made immense improvements to our facilities and provided safe, enriching learning environments for all students. Thanks to our patrons, portable buildings were completely eliminated, security and technology were vastly improved at every site, and there is equity for all of our students across the district as a result of these funds.

The 2015 bond issue projects total $370 million and will be completed over the course of 12 years. By planning for long-term capital improvement projects, we can better utilize resources while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used efficiently. These projects were carefully identified by the Long Range Planning Committee and include classrooms for growth, facilities for student programs, improvements in security and facility maintenance, advances in technology and instruction, and upgrades in transportation.

The structure of this bond issue was intentionally designed to provide flexibility. If at any time a new need is identified, approved projects that have not yet begun can be postponed until a later date. Additionally, much like in 2011, the district can present a new proposal to voters if a reallocation of funds is needed. This bond issue is an opportunity to meet the needs of our growing district while continuing the momentum of excellence.

As you read through this brochure, please remember this will not be the only tool used to communicate with our patrons. You will be seeing and hearing much more on the 2015 bond issue, and we encourage you to ask questions and offer input. Thank you for your participation in this process, and remember to vote on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.[9]

—Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall, (2015)[15]


Proposition No. 1 Broken Arrow Public Schools (2015)
Approveda Yes 3,221 75.0%

Proposition No. 2 Broken Arrow Public Schools (2015)
Approveda Yes 3,276 76.0%

Contact information

Broken Arrow Public School seal.jpg
Broken Arrow Public Schools
701 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Phone: (918) 259-5700

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. 1.0 1.1 Broken Arrow, "Annual Report 2011-12," accessed February 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Broken Arrow Public Schools, "Financial Services Division," accessed December 14, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Tulsa County, Oklahoma," accessed December 5, 2014
  4. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Voter Registration Reports," accessed December 12, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Broken Arrow, "Superintendent's Biography," accessed February 4, 2014
  7. Broken Arrow, "Board of Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  8. Broken Arrow Public Schools, "Public Participation," accessed February 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Broken Arrow Public Schools, "Agreement between Broken Arrow Public Schools and Broken Arrow Teachers Association," accessed February 4, 2014
  11. Broken Arrow Public Schools, "School Directory," accessed January 7, 2014
  12. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Oklahoma City Public Schools," accessed February 4, 2014 (dead link)
  13. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Statewide," accessed February 3, 2014 (dead link)
  14. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F School Report Cards," accessed February 3, 2014
  15. Broken Arrow Public Schools, "Here We Grow: Broken Arrow Public Schools Bond Issue 2015," accessed January 14, 2015