Ron Millican

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Ron Millican
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Board member, Oklahoma City Board of Education, District 7
Term ends
February 2018
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionFebruary 11, 2014
First electedApril 6, 2010
Next generalFebruary 2018
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSoutheast High School
Bachelor'sEast Central University
Master'sUniversity of Central Oklahoma
ProfessionRetired educator
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Ron Millican currently represents District 7 on the Oklahoma City Schools Board of Education in Oklahoma. He won re-election against challenger Wilfredo Santos-Rivera on February 11, 2014. Millican was first elected to the board in 2010. District 7 covers ten K-12 schools on the eastern edge of Oklahoma City.[1]


Millican earned a Bachelor's degree from East Central University. He later received a Master's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Millican spent three decades as a teacher, guidance counselor and principal prior to his retirement. He and his wife, Judy, have two adult children who graduated from district schools.[2]



See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools elections (2014)


Ron Millican ran against challenger Wilfredo Santos-Rivera for the District 7 seat in the general election on February 11, 2014.


Oklahoma City Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, February 11, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Millican Incumbent 72.9% 223
     Nonpartisan Wilfredo Santos-Rivera 27.1% 83
Total Votes 306
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State, "Annual School Election," accessed February 11, 2014


As of January 15, 2014, Millican did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[3]


Millican did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Millican defeated fellow challenger Larry Collins in an April 6, 2010 runoff to replace Rivera in District 7. Millican and Collins advanced from a February 10, 2010 election with Rivera placing third.[4]

Campaign themes


Millican listed the following priorities on his 2014 campaign website:

Fiscal Responsibility

As a member of the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Board, Ron has fought to ensure that every dollar is spent wisely. Ron understands the importance of being a good steward of your tax dollars. Ron believes in the principles of a balanced budget, and that every dollar we spend should impact the lives and education of the children in Oklahoma City in a positive way. During his time on the board, Ron has supported the development of community partnerships that bring valuable resources to Oklahoma City Public Schools saving taxpayer pocketbooks including the new sports facilities at Webster Middle School provided by the Fields and Futures Foundation.

Students First

Ron has been a leader in ensuring that we put our students first when it comes to our resources. Understanding that the classroom is where students learn, Ron has supported new technology and innovative learning programs that engage students and teach them important skills to prepare them for college and careers. Ron understands that our educational tools have to keep up with today’s high-tech economy. Recently, Ron supported consolidation of administrative facilities and the movement of many administrative support positions the schools themselves to help ensure that services were being provided directly to the students. This move also decreases administrative costs and ensures that more dollars get to the classroom. Ron believes that our students have to be our top priority.

Quality Teachers

Ron believes that one of our greatest resources in education are our teachers. As a former educator himself, he has seen firsthand the importance of a quality teacher. Ron has done more than talk about his support for teachers. Ron supported the recent teacher pay raises and retention bonuses that help Oklahoma City compete to bring the brightest and most effective teachers to our classrooms. Ron also continues to support efforts to evaluate our professional development methods to ensure that our teachers are getting the training they need to teach even the most challenged of students.

Hard Work

Ron has seen Oklahoma City Public Schools come a long way under his leadership, but he understands that the work is not done. Our school system has momentum and is moving in the right direction. Ron will continue to provide prudent leadership and ensure that all Oklahoma City children are given the opportunity for a quality education that prepares them for the future. Ron regularly visits each of the schools in his district and takes a hands on approach to leadership. As you school board member, Ron promises that no one will work harder than him to fight for success for the children of Oklahoma City.


—Ron Millican's campaign website, (2014) [6]

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were up for election on February 11, 2014. District 5 incumbent Ruth Veales won re-election without opposition. Incumbent Ron Millican won re-election in District 7 against challenger Wilfredo Santos-Rivera.

Issues in the district

Removal of school administrators

On January 10, 2014, Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez announced plans to remove at least ten school administrators in response to poor records of academic performance. Lopez promised significant changes in an early January meeting with school board members after the publication of state educational assessments. A November report by the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction found that 65 out of 93 district schools experienced decreased test scores from previous years. Lopez has also promised placement of at least 100 district officials into schools to spur academic improvement. The superintendent's plan has gained support from board members including Lynne Hardin and Bob Hammack.[7]

About the district

See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is the county seat as well as the capital of Oklahoma. According to the United States Census Bureau, Oklahoma City is home to 599,199 residents.[8] Oklahoma City Public Schools is the largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 42,989 students during the 2010-11 school year.[9]


Oklahoma City outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.0% of Oklahoma City 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 City was $45,704 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Oklahoma City was 17.6% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2010[8]
Race Oklahoma City (%) 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[10]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[11][12]

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  1. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 15, 2014
  2. Committee to Elect Ron Millican, "About," accessed January 15, 2014
  3. Oklahoma, "Candidate Information," accessed January 15, 2014
  4. The Oklahoman, "Incumbents fall in Oklahoma City school elections," February 10, 2010
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Committee to Elect Ron Millican, "Priorities," accessed January 15, 2014
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named okc
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 United States Census Bureau, "Oklahoma City, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
  9. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
  10. Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 15, 2014
  11. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  12. 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.