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Owasso Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Owasso Public Schools
Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Owasso Public Schools logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Clark Ogilvie
Enrollment:9,143 students
Graduation rate:88.5%
Number of schools:14
Budget: $86.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Brent England
Board members:5
Term length:5
Owasso Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that serves Tulsa County. It is the 12th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 9,143 students in 14 schools with an operating budget of $86.9 million.[1]

About the district

Owasso Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Okla.
Owasso Public Schools is located in Tulsa County in northeastern Oklahoma. The county seat of Tulsa County is Tulsa. Tulsa County was home to approximately 622,409 residents in 2013 according to the United States Census Bureau.[2]

Demographics

Tulsa County outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.7 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 the county was $48,181 compared to $45,339 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Tulsa County was 15.9 percent compared to 16.9 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Tulsa
County (%)
Oklahoma (%)
White 74.0 75.4
Black or African American 10.8 7.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 6.7 9.0
Asian 2.6 2.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 5.8 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 11.6 9.6

Tulsa County Party Affiliation[3]
Year Democratic Republican Independent
2014 120,346 168,774 44,010
2013 129,137 175,008 43,625
2012 123,640 163,372 38,698
2011 131,324 169,525 41,243
2010 131,772 165,289 39,416

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

Superintendent

The current superintendent of Owasso Public Schools is Dr. Clark Ogilvie, who has served in the position for over ten years. Prior to his current post, he was superintendent of Berryhill Public Schools. In 2013, he was named the District 5 Superintendent of the Year, an honor which he had received once before.[5]

School board

The Owasso School Board has five members that are elected by ward to five-year terms.[6]

Owasso School Board
Member Role Ward Term Ends
Pat Vanatta Clerk Ward 1 2016
Rhonda Mills Member Ward 2 2017
Gail Ballinger Member Ward 3 2018
Brent England President Ward 4 2019
Forrest James Turpen Vice President Ward 5 2020

School board elections

See also: Owasso Public Schools elections (2015)

One seat on the Owasso School Board was scheduled to be up for election on February 11, 2014, and February 10, 2015. However, both elections were cancelled due to uncontested races. One seat is scheduled for election in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Owasso School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

Patrons may address the Board during regular meetings on any item listed on the agenda for the current month’s meeting. In order to be heard, speakers must sign in within the 15-minute period before the Board meeting is called to order. The president may establish the order for speakers. Each speaker will be given a maximum of three minutes. Members of the Board are not allowed to respond to comments from the floor, and no vote or action may be taken on issues raised. Patrons may also address the board on other items concerning the Owasso Public Schools district, but must submit a letter 7 days prior to the board meeting stating the reason to address the board. The request will then be placed on the agenda as one of the agenda items. [8]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Owasso Public Schools:[1][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 $39,955,287 45.9% $4,192,200 4.8% $7,781,553 8.9% $11,536,970 13.3% $23,491,802 27% $86,958,832
2013-2014 $35,618,482 41% $4,193,220 4.8% $7,781,553 8.9% $11,536,970 13.3% $27,828,607 32% $86,958,832
Averages: $37,786,884.5 43% $4,192,710 5% $7,781,553 9% $11,536,970 13% $25,660,204.5 30% $86,958,832

Teacher salaries

Owasso Public Schools does not publish its teacher salary schedule on its website.

Schools in Owasso Public Schools

Enrollment

Owasso Public Schools serves 9,143 students, as of 2010-2011 enrollment data. Owasso Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

Owasso Public Schools operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Owasso Public Schools
Ator Elementary School
Bailey Elementary School
Barnes Elementary School
Hodson Elementary School
Mills Elementary School
Northeast Elementary School
Owasso Eighth Grade Center
Owasso High School
Owasso Mid-High School
Owasso Ram Academy
Owasso Seventh Grade Center
Owasso Sixth Grade Center
Smith Elementary School
Stone Canyon Elementary School

Issues

Active-shooter drill for teachers

See also: United States school shootings, 1990-present

District teachers and staff participated in an active-shooter training with the Owasso Police Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol in August 2014. The training was designed to help staff understand what such an event might look like and the how law enforcement would approach it. Twenty-on officers participated in setting up the scenario which included using assault weapons firing banks.[11]

Cherokee Nation tag office opening

A new tag office for Cherokee Nation licenses plates was opened in the Tulsa area in December 2014. The revenue from motor vehicle tags goes towards public schools, road and bridge improvement projects and law enforcement. In the 2014 fiscal year, that revenue totaled about $11 million. The funding has been used to fund technology purchases in the Owasso district.[12]

Owasso High School Principal Matt Roberts said of the program:

The car tag investment in education has been a huge success for Owasso Public Schools. We were able to buy a portable and mobile laptop lab. As a Cherokee citizen myself, I am proud the Cherokee Nation is making these investments in our students and helping prepare them for college and a brighter future.[8]

—Matt Roberts, (2014)[12]

Owasso Kids For Christ

In 2011, a children's prayer group, "Owasso Kids For Christ" filed a federal lawsuit against Owasso Public Schools for allegedly censoring their right to exercise its faith. The lawsuit came after the group distributed flyers at Northeast Elementary with its motto "“One Dream, One Vision, Reaching the World for Christ!" attached to them.[13] The district told the group it had to stop, as it contained "recruiting" elements, and that it was just following policy to not engage in discriminatory behavior.[14] The district and the group reached a settlement in April 2012 wherein the district paid the group $20,000 for legal fees. The district also altered its policy so that fliers are no longer sent out to parents of any organization.[15]

Contact information

Owasso Public Schools logo.jpeg
Owasso School Board
1501 N. Ash
Owasso, OK 74055
Phone: (918) 272-5367

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