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Mustang Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Mustang Public Schools
Mustang, Oklahoma
Mustang Public Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Sean McDaniel
Enrollment:8,779
Graduation rate:97.9%[1]
Number of schools:10
Budget: $80.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Chad Fulton
Board members:5
Term length:5
Mustang Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that serves the city of Mustang, Oklahoma. It is the 13th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 9,213 students in the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The school district had an operating budget of $80.5 million in the 2012-2013 school year.[3]

About the district

Mustang Public Schools is located in Canadian County, Okla.
Mustang Public Schools is located in Canadian County in central Oklahoma. The county seat of Canadian County is El Reno. Canadian County was home to an estimated 126,123 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]

Demographics

Canadian County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.6 percent of Canadian 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 Canadian County was $63,884 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Canadian County was 7.5 percent compared to 16.6 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Canadian County (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 84.9 75.4
Black or African American 2.8 7.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 5.0 9.0
Asian 3.2 2.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 4.1 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 9.6

Canadian County Party Affiliation[5]
Year Democratic Republican Independent
2014 18,430 38,534 7,334
2013 19,673 39,932 7,739
2012 19,331 36,495 6,841
2011 20,266 36,900 7,070
2010 20,553 35,051 6,666

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.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Superintendent

Sean McDaniel is the superintendent of Mustang Public Schools. He has served in this position since November 2012. McDaniel began his career as a teacher in Mapleton Public Schools before becoming dean of students at Bishop Kelly High School in Oklahoma. McDaniel also served as superintendent of Deer Creek Public Schools. McDaniel is married to his wife Traci and they have two children.[7]

School board

The Mustang Public Schools Board of Education is composed of five members each serving five year terms.[8]

Mustang Board of Education
Member Seat Term Ends
Jim Davis 1 2016
Mike Kessler 2 2017
Jeff Landrith 3 2018
Amanda Strassle 4 2019
Chad Fulton 5 2020

School board elections

See also: Mustang Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Mustang Public Schools Board of Education are elected to five-year terms. One seat was up for election in 2013, two seats on February 11, 2014, and one seat on February 10, 2015. One seat will be up for election in 2016.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Mustang Public Schools:[3]

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 $29,850,524 40.1% $5,953,544 8% $7,127,392 9.6% $8,250,134 11.1% $23,273,704 31.3% $74,455,298
2012-2013 $34,840,769.53 43.3% $4,008,249.81 5% $8,067,869.83 10% $8,326.04 0% $33,533,930.52 41.7% $80,459,145.73
Averages: $32,345,646.77 42% $4,980,896.91 6% $7,597,630.92 10% $4,129,230.02 5% $28,403,817.26 37% $77,457,221.87

Teacher salaries

Mustang Public Schools employed 485 K-12 teachers during the 2011-12 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 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 Mustang Teachers Association for 2013 through 2014:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,564 57,717
MA 35,948 59,703
Doctorate 36,963 64,566

Schools in Mustang Public Schools

Enrollment

Mustang Public Schools served 9,213 students in the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

District schools

Mustang Public Schools operates 10 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Mustang Public Schools
Name
Canyon Ridge Intermediate
Lakehoma Elementary
Mustang Elementary
Mustang Centennial Elementary
Mustang Creek Elementary
Mustang Education Center
Mustang High
Mustang Horizon Intermediate
Mustang Middle
Mustang North Middle
Mustang Trails Elementary
Mustang Valley 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 percent 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 percent of the grading formula and compares test results from the previous year to the current year. The bottom quartile student growth accounts for 25 percent of the grading formula and analyzes progress by students in the bottom 25 percent of test performers from the previous year.

Mustang Public Schools received an overall grade of 80 for a B- on the 2012-2013 report card.[11] The state of Oklahoma received an overall grade of 71 for a C- on the 2012-2013 report card.[12] The following tables compare the 2012-2013 A-F School Report Card from Mustang Public Schools to the state's report card:[13]

Student Achievement

Student Achievement results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English/English III 79 73 C C
Math/Algebra I/Algebra II/Geometry 79 72 C C
Science/Biology I 59 54 F F
U.S. History 85 77 B C
Writing 64 56 D F
Overall Grade 76 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 57 59 F F
Math/Algebra I 56 59 F F
Overall Grade 57 59 F F

Issues

Bible history class controversy

In April 2014, the school board approved a Bible history class as an elective course for students at Mustang High School. The curriculum itself has come under scrutiny, as well as the process by which the decision was made came under fire after allegations were made which have been accused of being in violation of Oklahoma's open meeting laws.[14]

The curriculum approved by the board has been promoted by Steven Green, the president of Hobby Lobby and founder of the Museum of the Bible. Green's politics have been in the spotlight including Hobby Lobby's case before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding religious objections to birth control and the Affordable Care Act. According to the a copy of the curriculum obtained by The Associated Press, the "curriculum says people should rest on the Sabbath because God did so after six days of creation, and says people risk God’s punishment if they do not obey him."[14]

Open meetings violation accusations

Just before the meeting at which the vote to approve the curriculum was made, the school board met in small groups with Steve Green, The meetings took place in Oklahoma County. District Attorney David Prater of Oklahoma County stated, " Even if there’s an out-of-county board, if they come here and meet in an attempt to circumvent the Open Meetings Act, just because they’ve met in a place that’s not routine, doesn’t mean they circumvent their requirements for meetings. If someone is going to that great of length to avoid quorum, it sounds like they’re being pretty darn careful."[14]

While board member Jeff Landrith denied even knowing of the meetings, it was later revealed that he had sent a note stating that he would not be able to attend them. Superintendent Sean McDaniel said of the decision to hold separate, private meetings, "This was something that we wanted to be able to have conversation about and ask questions. If we have the media and the public coming into Hobby Lobby headquarters with us, that can just be confusing and awkward since we’re all seeing it for the first time. My thought was, ‘Hey, let’s hold off on having a public meeting until we see a little more."[14]

Lawsuit threatened & legislative response

A Wisconsin-based group called Freedom from Religion threatened to sue the district over the originally approved course, calling the curriculum developed by Green's organization a violation of the First Amendment. The group sent a four-page letter stating their intention to seek legal action against any district that teaches the course to schools across Oklahoma. The letter stated that the curriculum, "did not teach about the bible, but preached from the bible."[15]

In December 2014, it was announced that the district would still be seeking to offer a Bible history class, but that it would not be using curriculum developed in conjunction with Green.[16] In response to the controversy, Sen. Kyle D. Loveless (R-45) introduced Senate Bill 48 in early 2015. The proposed law would protect school districts who provide elective courses on the "objective study of religion or the Bible" from being held liable for providing the courses.[17]

Contact information

Mustang Public Schools seal.jpg
Mustang Public Schools
906 S. Heights Drive
Mustang, OK 73064
Phone:(405) 376-2461

See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mustang Public Schools, "Profiles 2011 District Report," accessed April 17, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Oklahoma Department of Education, "Mustang Public Schools District Expenditure Report," accessed December 15, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Canadian County, Oklahoma," accessed April 17, 2014
  5. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Voter Registration Reports," accessed December 12, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Mustang Public Schools, "Administration," accessed April 17, 2014
  8. Mustang Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed April 17, 2014
  9. Mustang Public Schools, "Salary Schedule," accessed April 17, 2014
  10. Mustang Public Schools, "Schools," accessed April 17, 2014
  11. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Mustang Public Schools," accessed February 4, 2014 (dead link)
  12. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Statewide," accessed February 3, 2014 (dead link)
  13. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F School Report Cards," accessed February 3, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 The Dallas Morning News, "Oklahoma school board members met privately with Hobby Lobby president on Bible class," May 21, 2014
  15. News9.com, "Wisconsin Group Threatens Oklahoma Schools Over Bible Class Curriculum," January 30, 2015
  16. The Oklahoman, "Mustang Schools still plans Bible class, but not with controversial Green scholars' curriculum," December 12, 2014
  17. Oklahoma Legislature, "Senate Bill 48: As Introduced," accessed February 2, 2015