Norman Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Norman Public Schools
Norman, Oklahoma
Norman Public Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Joseph Siano
Graduation rate:99%[2]
Number of schools:25
Budget: $105.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Linda Sexton
Board members:5
Term length:5
Norman Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that served 15,022 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[1] The district's high schools achieved a 99% graduation rate during the 2012-2013 school year.[2]

About the district

Norman Public Schools is located in Cleveland County, Oklahoma
Norman Public Schools is located in Norman, Oklahoma, which is the county seat of Cleveland County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Norman is home to 115,562 residents.[3] Norman Public Schools is the tenth-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 14,644 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[4]


Norman outperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 43.4% of Norman 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 Norman was $48,248 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Norman was 17.6% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Norman (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 79.7 72.2
Black or African American 4.3 7.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 4.7 8.6
Asian 3.8 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 5.5 5.9
Hispanic or Latino 6.4 8.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 71,748 47.7
Democratic 57,127 38.0
Independent 21,421 14.2

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]


The superintendent of Norman Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year was Joseph Siano. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2000. Siano previously worked as an assistant superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools. He holds a B.S. from Oklahoma City University, M.S. from the University of Central Oklahoma and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.[7]

School board

The Norman Board of Education consists of five members elected by district to five-year terms. Members receive $25 per meeting with a maximum monthly stipend of $100.[8]

Norman Board of Education
Member District
Julie Raadschelders 1
Dan Snell 2
Cindy Nashert 3
Chad Vice 4
Linda Sexton 5

School board elections

See also: Norman Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. One seat is up for election each February.

Public participation in board meetings

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

Items Not on the Agenda
At the discretion of the Board, patrons may speak to the Board on other items of concern during this section of the Board meeting. The Board may limit the amount of time allocated for Public Communication. A time limit of three (3) minutes will be allowed for each speaker. The time limit may be extended by consent of the Board.

New Business
The Board will consider those agenda items which have not been presented at previous meetings.

To address the Board during this time, a patron must fill out an information Card prior to the starting time of the meeting. The card should be presented to the Supervisor of Security who will present the card to the Clerk of the Board. The Clerk of the Board will present the card to the Board President. If more than one patron is speaking on an issue, repetitive statements or concerns will not be allowed.

Should the speaker raise any question requiring Board action it will be deferred for consideration by the Board. The Board President and the Superintendent will determine whether the item shall be placed on a future agenda or handled in another more appropriate manner.

Comments at special meetings must be related to the reason the meeting was called.

Allegations against individual employees are personnel matters and will not be discussed at public Board Meetings. Such matters must be presented in writing to the Superintendent and must be signed by the individual or organization submitting the comments.


—Norman Public Schools website, (2014), [8]


Norman Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[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
2012-2013 $59,756,914 56.1% $7,848,225 7.4% $38,616,308 36.2% $0 0% $306,770 0.3% $106,528,217
2013-2014 $60,330,433 57% $7,999,484 7.6% $37,291,560 35.3% $0 0% $165,883 0.2% $105,787,360
Averages: $60,043,673.5 57% $7,923,854.5 7% $37,953,934 36% $0 0% $236,326.5 0% $106,157,788.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Norman Public Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for Norman Public Schools teachers during the 2013-2014 school year:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 31,882 47,445
MA 32,998 51,884
Ph.D. 34,114 57,279

Schools in Norman Public Schools


The district served 15,022 K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. The district experienced a 2.5% increase in enrollment between 2010 and 2011. The following chart details enrollment in the district in 2010 and 2011:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007 - -
2008 - -
2009 - -
2010 14,644 -
2011 15,022 2.5

District schools

Norman Public Schools operates 25 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Norman Public Schools
Adams Elementary School
Alcott Middle School
Cleveland Elementary School
Dimensions Academy High School
Eisenhower Elementary School
Irving Middle School
Jackson Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
Lakeview Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Longfellow Middle School
Madison Elementary School
McKinley Elementary School
Monroe Elementary School
Norman High School
Norman North High School
Norman Net
Reagan Elementary School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Truman Elementary School
Truman Primary School
Washington Elementary School
Whittier Middle School
Wilson Elementary School

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.

Norman Public Schools received an overall grade of 80 for a B- 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 Norman 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 81 73 B C
Math/Algebra I/Algebra II/Geometry 83 72 B C
Science/Biology I 62 54 D F
U.S. History 85 77 B C
Writing 68 56 D F
Overall Grade 78 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 85 79 B C
Math/Algebra I 85 78 B C
Overall Grade 85 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 62 59 D F
Math/Algebra I 60 59 D F
Overall Grade 61 59 D F

Contact information

Norman Public Schools logo.jpg
Norman Public Schools
131 South Flood Avenue
Norman, OK 73069M
Phone: (405) 364-1339

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Oklahoma school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated on September 12, 2012.

Taxes P
Meetings P
Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Contracts P
Audits N
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Public Records P
Academics N
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Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Taxes
    • Tax revenue is available in budget.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
  • Budget
    • Budget is posted and archived for three years.[17]
  • Meetings
    • Current meeting agendas are posted.[18]
    • Past meeting times are posted.[18]
  • Elected Officials
    • Board Members are posted with names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.[19]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative Officials are posted with names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.[20]
  • Contracts
    • Bids are posted.[21]
    • Teacher pay scales are posted[22]
  • Public records

The bad

  • Taxes
    • Tax rates are not available.
  • Meetings
    • Agendas are not archived for three years.
    • Minutes are not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Approved contracts over $10,000 are not posted.
    • Teacher contracts or pay scales are not posted.
  • Audits
    • Current year's audits are not available.
    • Audits are not archived for three years.
  • Public Records
    • The Policies and Regulations Manual specified the board clerk as the records keeper of the school district but neither the document nor the website specify who the clerk is.
  • Background Checks
    • Information on required background checks is not available.

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oklahoma Department of Education, "10 Largest Public School Districts," accessed February 3, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Norman Public Schools, "2013 Brag Book," accessed February 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Norman, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
  5. Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 15, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Norman Public Schools, "Dr. Siano," accessed February 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Norman Public Schools, "BOE Policy Book," accessed February 3, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Norman Public Schools, "Fiscal Year 2012-13," accessed November 25, 2013
  11. Norman Public Schools, "Fiscal Year 2013-14," accessed November 25, 2013
  12. Norman Public Schools, "Compensation Schedules," accessed February 3, 2014
  13. Norman Public Schools, "Schools," accessed February 3, 2014
  14. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Norman Public Schools," accessed February 4, 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. Norman Public Schools, "Finances," accessed February 3, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 Norman Public Schools, "Meeting Schedules," accessed February 3, 2014
  19. Norman Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed February 3, 2014
  20. Norman Public Schools, "Superintendent & Cabinet," accessed February 3, 2014
  21. Norman Public Schools, "Current bids," accessed February 3, 2014
  22. Norman Public Schools, "NPS Personnel," accessed February 3, 2014
  23. Norman Public Schools, "Board of Education Policy Manual," accessed February 3, 2014