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Gene Beach
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Former candidate for
Board member, Tulsa School Board, District 7
Elections and appointments
Next generalFebruary 11, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTulsa University, Oral Roberts University and Tulsa Community College
ProfessionBusiness and accounting
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Gene Beach was a candidate for the District 7 seat on the Tulsa school board in Oklahoma. He lost to Suzanne Schreiber on February 11, 2014. District 7 includes Carnegie, Grimes, Grissom, Patrick Henry, Key, Marshall, Thoreau Demonstration Academy and Memorial High School.[1]


Beach was born in Muskogee and raised in Tulsa. He attended Tulsa University, Oral Roberts University and Tulsa Community College in pursuit of his career in Business Administration and Accounting. He also attended seminary and co-developed a curriculum course in family and social counseling. Beach has served on a number of boards and committees for business, community and social endeavors and is a participant in civic and political issues. He recently served as part of a feasibility study for improving all of Tulsa's city parks. Currently, he offers freelance services in accounting, graphics design, editing and business solutions. Beach and his wife, Geri, have two children and five grandchildren.[2]



See also: Tulsa Public Schools elections (2014)


Gene Beach challenged fellow newcomer Suzanne Schreiber for the District 7 seat in the general election on February 11, 2014.


Tulsa Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Schreiber 76.6% 749
     Nonpartisan Gene Beach 23.4% 229
Total Votes 978
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Annual School Election — February 11, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014


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


Beach did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

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


Tulsa Public Schools is addressing overcrowding in many of its schools. Since the school district began an ongoing efficiency initiative known as Project Schoolhouse, it shut down 14 school buildings with low enrollment. This left many schools operating at higher occupancy rates. District leaders say they need to pay close attention to ensure that schools don't cross the line between full and overcapacity. Each winter since Project Schoolhouse began, district administrators have conducted an annual site capacity review and the Tulsa school board has 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 7th grade center to help alleviate unexpected crowding at McLain Junior High School. Superintendent Keith Ballard believes that Project Schoolhouse is 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, Oklahoma
Tulsa Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. The county seat of Tulsa County is Tulsa. According to the United States Census Bureau, Tulsa County is home to 613,816 residents.[5] Tulsa Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 41,501 students during the 2010-11 school year.[6]


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% of Tulsa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% 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% compared to 16.6% 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

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 129,137 37.13
Republican 175,008 50.33
Independent 43,625 12.54

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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