Owasso Public Schools, Oklahoma
|Owasso Public Schools|
|Tulsa County, Oklahoma|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Clark Ogilvie|
|Number of schools:||14|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Brent England|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Owasso Public Schools
- 7 Issues
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtTulsa 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.
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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.
The Owasso School Board has five members that are elected by ward to five-year terms.
|Owasso School Board|
|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:
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. 
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Owasso Public Schools does not publish its teacher salary schedule on its website.
Schools in Owasso Public Schools
Owasso Public Schools serves 9,143 students, as of 2010-2011 enrollment data. Owasso Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Owasso Public Schools operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|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|
Active-shooter drill for teachers
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.
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.
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.||”|
—Matt Roberts, (2014)
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. 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. 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.
- Oklahoma school districts
- List of school districts in Oklahoma
- Owasso Public Schools elections (2015)
- Owasso Public Schools elections (2014)
- Public education in Oklahoma
- School board elections portal
- Owasso Public Schools, "Current Year Operating Budgets," accessed December 10, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Tulsa County, Oklahoma," accessed December 12, 2014
- Oklahoma State Election Board, "Voter Registration Reports," accessed December 12, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Danielle Stoltz, KJRH, "Owasso Public Schools' Dr. Clark Ogilvie named 2013 District 5 Superintendent of the Year," June 10, 2013
- Owasso Public Schools, "School board," accessed January 30, 2014
- Owasso Public Schools, "Board Meeting Information," accessed January 30, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Owasso Public Schools, "Summary of 2013-14 Initial Budgets," accessed December 15, 2014
- Owasso Public Schools, "Schools," accessed January 30, 2014
- News9.com, "Owasso School Teachers Take Part In Active-Shooter Drill," August 16, 2014
- Staff, Fox23.com, "Christian group sues Owasso School District," October 25, 2011
- Steve Bracken, Daily Kos, ""Owasso Kids For Christ" Sues Owasso Public Schools," October 25, 2011
- Staff, Fox23.com, "Settlement reached in lawsuit against Owasso Public Schools," April 4, 2012
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