Putnam City Schools, Oklahoma

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Putnam City Schools
Dewey County, Oklahoma
Putnam City Schools logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Fred Rhodes
Enrollment:19,068 students
Graduation rate:87.5%
Number of schools:27
Budget: $137.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Tammy West
Board members:5
Term length:5
Putnam City Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that serves Oklahoma County. It is the 5th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 19,068 students in 27 schools with an operating budget of $137.3 million.[1]

About the district

Putnam City Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Putnam City Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County is Oklahoma City. Oklahoma County is home to 718,633 residents according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Putnam City Schools is the fifth-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 19,068 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[3]


Oklahoma County outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.3% of Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma County was $45,082 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Oklahoma County was 17.8% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Oklahoma County (%) 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[4]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]


The current superintendent of Putnam City Schools is Dr. Fred Rhodes, who was appointed to the position in July 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Christian University, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Oklahoma State University. Prior to his current post, Rhodes served as assistant superintendent of Yukon Public Schools. In 2012, he was named Assistant Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.[6]

School board

The Putnam School Board has five members that are elected by geographic electoral wards to five-year terms.[7]

Putnam School Board
Member Role Ward Term Ends
Tammy West President Ward 4 2014
Gail LoPresto Vice President Ward 5 2015
Cindy Gibbs Member Ward 1 2016
Becky Haliburton Member Ward 3 2018
Bren Smith Member Ward 2 2017

School board elections

See also: Putnam City Schools elections (2014)

One seat on the Putnam School Board was scheduled to be up for election on November 5, 2013, however the election was canceled because the incumbent was running unopposed. One seat will be up for election in 2015 and one seat will be up in 2016.


The table below displays the budget for Putnam City Schools:[1]

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 $103,274,539 78.1% $9,437,878 7.1% $12,937,743 9.8% $0 0% $6,610,994 5% $132,261,154
2013-2014 $101,772,055 76.9% $9,880,787 7.5% $14,360,699 10.8% $0 0% $6,343,745 4.8% $132,357,286
2014-2015 $104,602,607 76.2% $10,558,505 7.7% $21,828,384 15.9% $0 0% $342,386 0.2% $137,331,882
Averages: $103,216,400.33 77% $9,959,056.67 7% $16,375,608.67 12% $0 0% $4,432,375 3% $133,983,440.67

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. The following table details the current salary schedule:[8]

Salary Structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 33,750 53,400
MA 34,950 54,600
Doctorate 36,350 56,000

Schools in Putnam City Schools


Putnam City Schools serves 19,068 students, as of 2010-2011 enrollment data. Putnam City Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

Putnam City Schools operates 27 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Putnam City Schools
Arbor Grove Elementary School
Central Elementary School
Coronado Heights Elementary School
D. D. Kirkland Elementary School
Harvest Hills Elementary School
Hefner Middle School
Hilldale Elementary School
James L. Capps Middle School
James L. Dennis Elementary School
Kenneth Cooper Middle School
Lake Park Elementary School
Mayfield Middle School
Northridge Elementary School
Overholser Elementary School
Putnam City Academy
Putnam City High School
Putnam City North High School
Putnam City West High School
Ralph Downs Elementary School
Rollingwood Elementary School
Tulakes Elementary School
Western Oaks Middle School
Western Oaks Elementary School
Wiley Post Elementary School
Will Rogers Elementary School
Windsor Hills Elementary School

Contact information

Putnam City Schools logo.jpg
Putnam School Board
5401 N.W. 40th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73122
Phone: (405) 495-5200

See also

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