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%[1]
Number of schools:25
Budget: $107.7 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. It was the eighth-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 15,022 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[2]

About the district

Norman Public Schools is located in Cleveland County, Okla.
Norman Public Schools is located in Norman, Okla., which is the county seat of Cleveland County. Cleveland County was home to an estimated 269,340 residents in 2013 according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Cleveland County outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement, median household income and poverty rates in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.4 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 Cleveland County was $54,989 compared to $45,339 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in the county was 12.9 percent compared to 16.9 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Cleveland County(%) Oklahoma (%)
White 80.4 75.4
Black or African American 4.8 7.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 5.0 9.0
Asian 4.2 2.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 5.4 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 9.6

Cleveland County Party Affiliation[4]
Year Democratic Republican Independent
2014 53,154 67,862 19,995
2013 71,748 57,127 21,421
2012 55,138 66,565 19,207
2011 58,081 68,601 20,050
2010 57,714 65,755 18,881

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]


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.[6]

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.[7]

Norman Board of Education
Member District
Dirk O'Hara 1
Dan Snell 2
Cindy Nashert 3
Chad Vice 4
Linda Sexton 5

School board elections

See also: Norman Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. One seat is up for election each February, as was the case on February 11, 2014, and February 10, 2015. One seat will be up for election in 2016.

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) [7]


The table below displays the budget for Norman Public Schools:[9]

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
2014-2015 $60,899,013 56.5% $7,579,878 7% $39,038,913 36.2% $0 0% $218,286 0.2% $107,736,090
Averages: $60,328,786.67 57% $7,809,195.67 7% $38,315,593.67 36% $0 0% $230,313 0% $106,683,889

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:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 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:[11]

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:[12]

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

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



Rape case and suspension

Students at Norman High School made allegations that they had been raped by other students in November 2014. While the police could not release details of the investigation as it was ongoing, the school district reported that the alleged perpetrator had been suspended for the rest of the school year.[16]

YES ALL Daughters logo Norman OK.jpg

Nevertheless, many students felt the administration's actions were not sufficient. A Facebook group called "YES ALL Daughters" was formed to discuss the issues of bullying and sexual harassment at the school.[16] Students complained that female students were being "mocked out" of the school for having come forward about being raped. One student claimed that a female student was suspended due to the drugs that had been used to rape her. The district responded by saying that none of the victims had been punished for coming forward.[17]

In response to the perceived problems with the schools handling of the issue, students organized a walk out on November 24, 2014. The students presented a list of changes they wanted to see implemented at the school. The district's spokesperson said that some of the demands were already in place and that the district would be reviewing the others in addition to working on a curriculum specifically addressing sexual assault.[17]

On December 2, 2014, 18-year old Tristen Killman-Hardin was charged with two counts of first degree rape in instances involving an unconscious victim on September 19, 2014. The case alleges that the 16-year old victim had been drinking with friends and received a video next morning that depicted her being sexually assaulted in Killman-Hardin's car. The court documents also stated that the victim reported that Killman-Hardin admitted to having sex with the victim to her and a third party.[18]

The school district release the following statement in response to the arrest:

His status has not and will not change. He was notified on September 22 he was being suspended for the rest of the school year, and he won't be a student of Norman Public Schools ever again.

We aren't surprised by and are pleased that charges have been filed on him for a rape the charges indicate happened the evening of Friday, September 19. We have been fully cooperative with the Norman Police Department since the rape was reported to us by the alleged victim on Monday, September 22.[8]

—Norman Public Schools, (2014)[19]

Contact information

Norman Public Schools logo.jpg
Norman Public Schools
131 S. Flood Ave.
Norman, OK 73069
Phone: (405) 364-1339

See also

External links

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  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, Cleveland County, Oklahoma," accessed December 8, 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. Norman Public Schools, "Dr. Siano," accessed February 3, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Norman Public Schools, "BOE Policy Book," accessed February 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Norman Public Schools, "Finance," accessed December 14, 2014
  10. Norman Public Schools, "Compensation Schedules," accessed February 3, 2014
  11. Oklahoma Department of Education, "10 Largest Public School Districts," accessed February 3, 2014
  12. Norman Public Schools, "Schools," accessed February 3, 2014
  13. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Norman Public Schools," accessed February 4, 2014 (dead link)
  14. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Statewide," accessed February 3, 2014 (dead link)
  15. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F School Report Cards," accessed February 3, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 KOCO, "Norman High suspends student after rape allegations emerge," November 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 KOCO, "Norman school continues to face backlash over handling of rape allegations," November 24, 2014
  18. KOCO, "Former Norman High School student charged with rape," December 2, 2014
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