Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City Public Schools
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dave Lopez
Graduation rate:82.4%[2]
Number of schools:85
Budget: $528.0 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lynne Hardin
Board members:8
Term length:4
Oklahoma City Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that served 34,267 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[1] The district experienced a 2.7% increase in enrollment between 2006 and 2010. Graduation rates at district high school improved from 71.9% in 2008-2009 to 82.4% in 2011-2012.[2]

About the district

Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is the county seat as well as the capital of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is home to 599,199 residents according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Oklahoma City Public Schools is the largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 42,989 students during the 2010-11 school year.[4]


Oklahoma City outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.0% of Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City was $45,704 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Oklahoma City was 17.6% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Oklahoma City (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 62.7 72.2
Black or African American 15.1 7.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 3.5 8.6
Asian 4.0 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 5.2 5.9
Hispanic or Latino 17.2 8.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[5]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 180,350 44.3
Democratic 168,098 41.3
Independent 58,358 14.3

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.[6]


The interim superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools as of February 3, 2014 is Dave Lopez. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2013. Lopez previously served for two years as the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce.[7]

School board

The Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education consists of eight members elected to four-year terms. Seven members are elected by district with an eighth member elected by the entire district to chair the board. Members receive $25 per meeting with a maximum monthly stipend of $100.[8]

Oklahoma City Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Lynne Hardin Chair 2017
Bob Hammack 1 2017
Justin Ellis 2 2017
Phil Horning 3 2016
Laura Massenat 4 2016
Ruth Veales 5 2018
Jay Means 6 2015
Ron Millican 7 2018

School board elections

See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on February 11, 2014. One seat is up for election in 2015, two seats are up for election in 2016 and three seats will be on the ballot in 2017.[8]

Public participation in board meetings

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

The Board will consider allowing individuals to address the Board during this "Public Comments" section of the agenda, if any request permission to do so.

Public comments will be heard only during the designated Public Comments portion of the Agenda at all regularly scheduled meetings of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education (hereafter referred to as "Board").

Public Comments shall not be heard at emergency meetings of the Board.

Citizens of the district, including delegations or individuals, have the right, and are encouraged, to attend meetings of the Board and to listen to and observe its deliberations. In the interest of orderly conduct of Board meetings, spontaneous discussion from the floor shall be discouraged. The individual dignity of Board members and school district employees shall be respected; accordingly, neither Board members nor employees shall be subjected to abuse through these proceedings.

Citizens are requested to seek resolution of specific problems at the school site or most appropriate central office level. Persons are encouraged to write to the Board or the superintendent with general questions, concerns, suggestions or to obtain information about the district. Each person will receive notice of the receipt of his or her written correspondence, which may include a response.

In order to maintain open lines of communication, the Board provides time for citizen comments during regular monthly business meetings.

Individuals who wish to speak at a Board meeting are required to complete a Public Comments Sign-up Form before the Board meeting convenes.

An Oklahoma City Public Schools staff member will be at a table in the foyer outside the meeting auditorium with Public Comment Sign-up Forms between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting. This is the only time forms may be submitted to request to make public comments at Board meetings.

Any person who is a resident, employee, or an official representative of a recognized group or organization of this school district may address the Board. Delegations who wish to address the Board are encouraged to select a representative spokesperson. The first hearing period is for a maximum of thirty minutes and will be used to address concerns regarding matters that are on the Board’s Agenda for that particular meeting. An additional thirty minutes will be allotted, at the end of each meeting, in order to give citizens the opportunity to address non-agenda items. Unless otherwise provided for, Public Comments will only be allowed during periods specifically allotted for that purpose.

All persons who speak at Board meetings are to meet all provisions of this policy. School board policies, state law and federal law have established separate and distinct procedures and forums for collective bargaining issues, and for the resolution of employee grievances, employee complaints, employee suspensions and terminations, complaints against individual employees, pupil suspensions and appeals, political campaigns, and litigation. To avoid circumvention of those separate proceedings and ensure fairness to all parties concerned, no person will be allowed to speak regarding the following: (1) an issue subject to collective bargaining; (2) an issue in a pending lawsuit, complaint or investigation filed with an outside agency, wherein the school district, employee(s) or the Board is party; (3) a pending grievance; (4) pending employee complaint filed with the school district or an outside agency; (5) complaint against individual employee(s); (6) employee disciplinary action, suspension, or termination; or (7) pupil suspension or appeal which may ultimately reach the Board of Education. Additionally, no person who has publicly announced or filed as a candidate for public office may speak during this session. All meetings of the Board of Education shall be open to the public, and any regular meeting shall include an opportunity for the public to address the Board. Presentations under “Public Comments” are limited to three (3) minutes. Where several people wish to address the same subject, a spokesperson must be selected. The Board Chairman may interrupt and terminate any presentation that is not in accordance with any of these criteria.

Board members may not respond to speakers’ comments. The superintendent is expected to provide a written response to the speaker and to inform Board members of the response.


—Oklahoma City Public Schools website, (2014), [8]


Oklahoma City Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[10]

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
2013-2014 $271,502,500 51.4% $47,362,000 9% $142,009,000 26.9% $0 0% $67,192,000 12.7% $528,065,500
Averages: $271,502,500 51% $47,362,000 9% $142,009,000 27% $0 0% $67,192,000 13% $528,065,500

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Oklahoma City 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 Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 32,925 48,075
B.A. 15 33,225 48,375
MA 34,025 50,075
MA 30 34,525 50,575
Ph.D. 35,475 51,725


Teachers in Oklahoma City Public Schools are represented during contract negotiations by the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. The president of the Oklahoma AFT during the 2013-2014 school year was Ed Allen.[12]

Schools in Oklahoma City Public Schools


The district served 34,267 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year. The district experienced a 2.7% increase in enrollment between 2006 and 2010. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2006 and 2010:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2006 33,358 -
2007 33,331 -
2008 33,143 -0.5
2009 34,246 3.3
2010 34,267 -

District schools

Oklahoma City Public Schools operates 85 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Oklahoma City Public Schools
Adams Elementary
Arthur Elementary
ASTEC Charter School
Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School
Bodine Elementary
Britton Elementary
Buchanan Elementary
Capitol Hill Elementary
Capitol Hill High School
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Classen School of Advanced Studies
Cleveland Elementary
Columbus Elementary
Coolidge Elementary
Douglass Mid-High School
Dove Elementary Charter School
Dove Science Charter School
Edgemere Elementary
Edwards Elementary
Eugene Field Elementary
Fillmore Elementary
Gatewood Elementary
Green Pastures Elementary
Greystone Lower Elementary
Greystone Upper Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Harding Fine Arts Center
Harding Preparatory Charter High School
Harper Academy Charter School
Hayes Elementary
Heronville Elementary
Hillcrest Elementary
Horace Mann Elementary
Independence Charter Middle School
Jackson Middle School
Jefferson Middle School
John Marshall Mid-High School
Johnson Elementary
Kaiser Elementary
Kaiser East 6th Grade Center
KIPP Academy
Lee Elementary
Linwood Elementary
Mark Twain Elementary
Martin Luther King Elementary
Monroe Elementary
Moon Elementary
Nichols Hills Elementary
North Highland Elementary
Northeast Academy for Health Sciences & Engineering Enterprise School
Northwest Classen High School
Oakridge Elementary
Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School
Parmelee Elementary
Pierce Elementary
Prairie Queen Elementary
Putnam Heights Elementary
Quail Creek Elementary
Rancho Village Elementary
Ridgeview Elementary
Rockwood Elementary
Rogers Middle School
Roosevelt Middle School
Santa Fe South High School
Santa Fe South Middle School
Seeworth Academy
Sequoyah Elementary
Shidler Elementary
Southeast High School
Southern Hills Elementary
Spencer Elementary
Stand Watie Elementary
Star Spencer High School
Taft Middle School
Telstar Elementary
Thelma R. Parks Elementary
U.S. Grant High School
Van Buren Elementary
Webster Middle School
West Nichols Hills Elementary
Western Village Charter School
Westwood Elementary
Wheeler Elementary
Willow Brook Elementary
Wilson 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.

Oklahoma City Public Schools received an overall grade of 57 for an F 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 Oklahoma City 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 54 73 F C
Math/Algebra I/Algebra II/Geometry 55 72 F C
Science/Biology I 35 54 F F
U.S. History 67 77 D C
Writing 43 56 F F
Overall Grade 51 69 F D

Overall Student Growth results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English II 64 79 D C
Math/Algebra I 66 78 D C
Overall Grade 65 79 D C

Bottom Quartile Student Growth results, 2012-2013
Subject District Performance Index State Performance Index District Letter Grade State Letter Grade
Reading/English II 50 59 F F
Math/Algebra I 55 59 F F
Overall Grade 52 59 F F


Removal of school administrators

On January 10, 2014, Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez announced plans to remove at least ten school administrators in response to poor records of academic performance. Lopez promised significant changes in an early January meeting with school board members after the publication of state educational assessments. A November report by the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction found that 65 out of 93 district schools experienced decreased test scores from previous years. Lopez has also promised placement of at least 100 district officials into schools to spur academic improvement. The superintendent's plan has gained support from board members including Lynne Hardin and Bob Hammack.[17]

Contact information

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Oklahoma City Public Schools
900 North Klein
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Phone: (485) 587-0000

Website evaluation

Taxes N
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Budget N
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Meetings P
Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials
Contracts N
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Audits P
Public Records
Academics P
Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Oklahoma school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated on August 25, 2012.

The good

  • Meetings
    • Meetings are archived on a separate document management site called boarddocs.[18]
    • Meetings are archived for three years
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with names and different kinds of contact information.[19]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Name, phone number, email addresses, and physical address is available for the superintendent.[20]
  • Audits
    • Budgets and audits from past years are available.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
  • Academic performance
    • Information on academic standards is available.[21]

The bad

  • Taxes
    • No tax information is available.
  • Meetings
    • No meeting calendar is available.
  • Contracts
    • Some bid information is available, but:
    • No bids are posted.
    • No approved contracts are $10,000 are available.
    • Teacher contracts are not available.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not archived for three years.
  • Background check
    • No information on background checks are available.

See also

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Oklahoma City Public Schools, "2012-2013 Statistic Profile," accessed February 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Oklahoma City, 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. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Biographical Sketch," accessed February 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed February 3, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Financial Services," accessed December 3, 2013
  11. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Compensation and Benefits," accessed February 3, 2014
  12. Oklahoma City AFT, "OKC-AFT Staff," accessed February 3, 2014
  13. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Schools," accessed February 3, 2014
  14. Oklahoma Department of Education, "A-F Report Card: Oklahoma City Public Schools," accessed February 3, 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. Tim Willert, The Oklahoman, "Some Oklahoma City school administrators face termination, superintendent says," January 13, 2014
  18. Board Docs, "Oklahoma City Public Schools," accessed February 3, 2014
  19. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed February 3, 2014
  20. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed February 3, 2014
  21. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "School Report Cards," accessed February 3, 2014