Lawton Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Lawton Public Schools
Lawton, Oklahoma
Lawton Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Tom Deighan
Enrollment:15,875 students
Graduation rate:98.5%[1]
Number of schools:31
Budget: $140.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Donna Ronio
Board members:5
Term length:5
Lawton Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that served 15,875 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the seventh-largest by enrollment in the state of Oklahoma.

About the district

Lawton Public Schools is located in Comanche County, Oklahoma
Lawton Public Schools is located in Comanche County, Oklahoma. The county seat of Comanche County is Lawton. Comanche County is home to 126,390 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]

Demographics

Comanche County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.3% of Comanche 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 Comanche County was $46,320 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Comanche County was 16.5% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Comanche County (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 66.9 75.5
Black or African American 17.7 7.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 6.2 9.0
Asian 2.4 1.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.2
Two or More Races 6.2 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 12.0 9.3

2013 Party Affiliation, Comanche County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 28,368 51.55
Republican 18,403 33.44
Independent 8,261 15.01

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.[5]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Lawton Public Schools is Dr. Tom Deighan, whom the board appointed to the position on July 1, 2013. Before taking the position, Deighan taught in Calumet Public Schools and served as a principal with Geary Public Schools. He also spent four years as the Superintendent of Ringwood Public Schools. Deighan earned his B.A. degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, his M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He has issued four guiding principles for the Lawton school district:[6]

Principal 1: LPS will equitably service its students’ needs as career-bound citizens.

Principal 2: LPS will celebrate its diversity with a culture of shared professional ideals.

Principal 3: LPS will foster public investment through communication, collaboration and transparency.

Principal 4: LPS promotes healthy and fit lifestyles as its employees learn, do and teach.[7]

School board

Lawton Public Schools is overseen by a five-member voting board, all of whom are elected to five-year terms by geographic electoral district. There is also a sixth non-voting member representing Fort Sill who is appointed by the post's commanding general.[8][9]

Lawton Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Donna Ronio Area 1 2016
Helena John Area 2 2017
Eric Sharum Area 3 2018
Lori Bridges Area 4 2019
Kent Jester Area 5 2015
Col. Glen Waters Fort Sill N/A

School board elections

See also: Lawton Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Lawton Board of Education are elected to five-year terms. One seat was up for election in 2014 and one seat will be up for election in 2015.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Lawton Public Schools:[10][11]

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
2010-2011 $120,682,000 86.1% $13,381,000 9.6% $4,917,000 3.5% $678,000 0.5% $434,000 0.3% $140,092,000
Averages: $120,682,000 86% $13,381,000 10% $4,917,000 4% $678,000 0% $434,000 0% $140,092,000

Teacher salaries

Lawton Public Schools employed 1,039 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] 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. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The current salary schedule is not available, but the following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Professional Educators' Association of Lawton for 2013-2014:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA/BS 32,641 47,525
BA/BS + 16 33,221 48,742
MA/MS 33,803 50,128
BA/BS + 48 35,047 51,508
BA/BS + 64 35,519 52,894
Ph.D. 36,149 54,053

Schools in Lawton Public Schools

Enrollment

Lawton Public Schools served 15,875 students during the 2011-2012 school year. Lawton Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Lawton Public Schools operates 31 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Lawton Public Schools
School Name
Almor West Elementary
Brockland Elementary
Carriage Hills Elementary
Central Middle School
Cleveland Elementary
Crosby Park Elementary
Edison Elementary
Eisenhower Elementary
Eisenhower Middle School
Eisenhower Sr. High School
Gateway Success Center
Geronimo Road Elementary
Hugh Bish Elementary
Jackson Elementary
John Adams Elementary
Lawton Sr. High School
Lincoln Elementary
MacArthur Middle School
MacArthur Sr. High School
Park Lane Elementary
Pat Henry Elementary
Pioneer Park Elementary
Ridgecrest Elementary
Sheridan Road Elementary
Sullivan Village Elementary
Swinney Elementary
Tomlinson Middle School
Washington Elementary
Whittier Elementary
Wilson Elementary
Woodland Hills 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.

Lawton Public Schools received an overall grade of 73 for a C on the 2012-2013 report card.[14] The state of Oklahoma received an overall grade of 71 for a C- on the 2012-2013 report card.[15] The following tables compare the 2012-2013 A-F School Report Card from Lawton Public Schools to the state's report card:[16]

Student Achievement results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English/English III 75 73 C C
Math/Algebra I/Algebra II/Geometry 75 72 C C
Science/Biology I 54 54 F F
U.S. History 72 77 C C
Writing 60 56 D F
Overall Grade 71 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 82 79 B C
Math/Algebra I 82 78 B C
Overall Grade 82 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 59 59 F F
Overall Grade 59 59 F F

Issues

Common Core implementation

After the Oklahoma State Legislature approved the adoption of the Common Core curriculum in 2010, Lawton Public Schools worked to implement the standards so that testing could begin during the 2013-2014 school year. District Superintendent Tom Deighan has praised Common Core, stating, "Common Core is designed to go deeper into critical thinking into a subject." Retired educator and 2014 school board candidate Bob Brown criticized Common Core due to its extensive use of standardized testing. He argued, "In the public schools, there are so many weeks that are taken away because of standardized testing. [...] I would strongly urge parents to get involved in the local level, contact the school board members, let them know what they think about it."[17]

Testing and budget cuts

At a Lawton High School forum held in December 2013, district educators criticized the growing prevalence of standardized tests in the classroom, along with the effects of recent budget cuts on resources and teaching practices. Park Lane Elementary teacher Debi Green cited 90 minute reading periods for kindergarten students as an example of the poor teaching practices caused by budget cuts and consequent teacher shortages. She denounced the guidelines as "not developmentally appropriate" for her students. Woodland Hills Elementary teacher Cheryl Tate added she was forced to use significant personal resources to compensate for reduced classroom resources provided by the district. She also argued that Oklahoma's standardized testing requirements are excessive, claiming that the district is "test crazy" with its students.

Superintendent Tom Deighan defended the district and argued that the teacher shortages were caused by a lack of applicants for teaching positions, instead of by budget cuts.[18] Bob Brown noted that many new teachers hired by the district leave "after two or three years." Board member Lori Bridges argued that the district's financial troubles should not prevent it from investing more in additional safety measures, such as security cameras.[19]

Contact information

Lawton Public Schools seal.jpg

Lawton Public Schools
PO Box 1009
753 Fort Sill Boulevard
Lawton, OK 73502
Phone: 580-357-6900

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, "Profiles 2012 District Report," accessed February 25, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Comanche County, Oklahoma," accessed January 14, 2014
  4. Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 14, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Lawton Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed February 25, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Lawton Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 13, 2014
  9. Lawton Public Schools, "Donna Ronio," accessed January 13, 2014
  10. Lawton Public Schools, "Business Affairs," accessed November 25, 2013
  11. United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  12. Lawton Public Schools, "Teacher's Salary Schedule ‐ FY4," accessed February 25, 2014
  13. Lawton Public Schools, "Schools," accessed February 25, 2014
  14. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: 2012-2013," accessed February 25, 2014
  15. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Statewide," accessed February 3, 2014
  16. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F School Report Cards," accessed February 3, 2014
  17. 7 News, "Common Core Standards Come to Lawton," December 3, 2013
  18. 7 News, "LPS teachers voice challenges, concerns with local legislators," December 11, 2013
  19. 7 News, "Brown, Bridges vie for open LPS board seat," February 4, 2014