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|Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|High school||J. F. Kennedy High School|
|Bachelor's||Berklee College of Music|
Oliva resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. Oliva graduated from J. F. Kennedy High School before earning his B.M. in Contemporary Writing and Production from the Berklee College of Music and his M.M. in Music Education from Boston University. He has served as an adjunct professor at the McNally Smith College of Music and as a private music instructor, and he is also currently employed in the technology department of DCIP, LLC.
|Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tim Culver Incumbent||13.3%||5,220|
|Nonpartisan||Arlene Bush Incumbent||12.5%||4,941|
|Nonpartisan||Lyle Abeln Incumbent||12.4%||4,895|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 271 - Bloomington," accessed December 18, 2013|
Oliva reported $2,765.00 in contributions and $2,879.54 in expenditures to the school district office, which left his campaign with $114.54 in debt.
Oliva did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Maureen Bartolotta Incumbent||22%||5,243|
|Source: Bloomington, Minnesota, "Official results: General Election - Tuesday, November 8, 2011," accessed October 14, 2013|
Oliva's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
Just as every person has different areas of interest, they also have different strengths and weaknesses. In order for students to reach their full potential they must be supported in the areas in which they struggle, but not at the detriment of the areas in which they thrive. A one-size-fits-all approach to education does not adequately allow the flexibility needed to develop a diverse student population. We must:
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board Chair Tim Culver, Lyle Abeln and Arlene Bush unsuccessfully sought re-election, while fellow incumbent Mark Hibbs did not file for re-election. The incumbents drew four challengers in Ricardo Oliva, Dawn Steigauf, Jim Sorum and Tom Bennett.
About the district
- See also: Bloomington Public Schools, Minnesota
Bloomington outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Bloomington was $60,150 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Bloomington was 8.5% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.5% of Bloomington residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.
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.
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- Ricardo "Ric" Oliva for School Board, "School Board," accessed October 21, 2013
- Information received in an email to Ballotpedia from Jennifer Hazel on March 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Bloomington (city), Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014