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Owasso Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Owasso Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
February 11, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Owasso Public Schools
Tulsa County, Oklahoma ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Oklahoma
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One seat on the Owasso Public Schools school board was scheduled to be up for general election on February 11, 2014. Since Board President Brent England was the only candidate to have filed for the seat, the district canceled the election.

About the district

See also: Owasso Public Schools, Oklahoma
Owasso Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Owasso Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. The county seat of Tulsa County is Tulsa. According to the United States Census Bureau, Tulsa County is home to 603,403 residents.[1] Owasso is the 12th largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 9,143 students during the 2010-11 school year.[2]


Tulsa County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5% of Tulsa County 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 Tulsa County was $47,845 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Tulsa County was 15.4% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Tulsa County (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 74.2 75.5
Black or African American 10.9 7.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 6.5 9.0
Asian 2.5 1.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 5.7 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 11.4 9.3

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 129,137 37.1
Republican 175,008 50.3
Independent 43,625 12.5

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.

Method of board member selection

The Owasso school board consists of five members elected to five-year terms by geographic electoral wards. There was no primary election and the general election was scheduled to be held on February 11, 2014. The 2014 election for the Ward 4 seat was canceled because the seat was unopposed, and the Ward 5 seat will be on the ballot in 2015.[5] The Ward 4 member represents the southeast portion of the school district.[6]

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on December 2, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was December 4, 2013 and the deadline to contest a candidacy was December 6, 2013.[7]




Ward 4


No endorsements were made in this election.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[8]

Past elections

What was at stake?

One seat on the school board was scheduled to be up for election on February 11, 2014. The election was canceled because Board President Brent England was the only candidate to have filed for the seat.[11]

Issues in the district

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Owasso Public Schools election in 2014:[7][15]

Deadline Event
December 2, 2013 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
December 4, 2013 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
December 6, 2013 Last day to contest a candidacy
February 1, 2014 Last day to file first campaign finance report
February 11, 2014 Election day
March 23, 2014 Last day to file second campaign finance report
April 1, 2014 Runoff election (if necessary)
August 21, 2014 Last day to file final campaign finance report

Additional elections on the ballot

No other elections appeared on the local ballot.

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