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|Board member, Tulsa School Board, District 7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||February 11, 2014|
|First elected||February 11, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Tulsa|
|J.D.||University of Tulsa Law School|
Schreiber has lived in Tulsa for over 20 years. She has always been active in civic life, participating in everything from student government and leadership organizations to charitable boards to middle school mentor. Schreiber is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and the University of Tulsa Law School. She now works for the Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) on a variety of special projects. Prior to her position at TCF, she practiced law in the private sector before working in the federal courts system. Schreiber and her husband, Tony Rittenberry, have four children.
- See also: Tulsa Public Schools elections (2014)
Suzanne Schreiber defeated fellow newcomer Gene Beach for the District 7 seat in the general election on February 11, 2014.
|Tulsa Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Annual School Election — February 11, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014|
Schreiber did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Schreiber did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
Schreiber's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2014:
Quality education for all
"It will be my duty as a member of the school board to uphold Tulsa Public School's mission statement of "Excellence and High Expectations with a Commitment to All." That means working to provide a quality learning experience for every student, every day, without exception. That also means requiring accountability and transparency where standards are not met."
Leadership in the classroom
"As a TPS parent, I know how important it is that we strive to attract and keep the best teachers and leaders in our schools. I believe every classroom should have a effective teacher with the resources necessary to help our kids succeed. I will work hard to maintain stability with accountable teachers and principals throughout the schools and not be afraid to push for something better when success is not being achieved. High quality teachers and leaders in the district will in turn help develop good citizens and leaders out of the kids in the classrooms."
A strong and responsive voice
"As a fellow parent, I want communication to be open between us. I want to hear everyone's opinion on the issues and how we can make our schools better for our kids. Parents and families should have a voice in the education of their children. My goal is to be a voice for you. "
Partners in success
"A school tends to do better if the community believes in the ability of the kids to succeed and supports opportunities for success. Partners in Education is a good example of that such cooperation. I want to help expand such programs throughout the district, find additional partners and new ways for parents to aid in the success of our kids. "
Middle school and junior high success
"As a school board member I will make it a priority to strengthen middle and junior high schools. As a parent of elementary school children, I plan to delve into the issue of what happens to TPS students when they leave elementary school. Are all kids getting what they need after elementary school and before high school? Are all of our middle and junior highs the best that they can be? Now that Project Schoolhouse has been in place a few years, we can take a look at these bridge years and evaluate whether our model is best positioning our students to succeed in high school and beyond. "
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Two seats on the school board were up for election on February 11, 2014. District 4 member Bobbie Gray-Elliott sought re-election against newcomers Shawna Keller and William D. Bickerstaff. In District 7, newcomers Suzanne Schreiber and Gene Beach competed for Lois Jacobs' seat. Neither the president nor the vice president of the school board were up for re-election in 2014.
Issues in the district
Tulsa Public Schools is addressing overcrowding in many of its schools. Since the school district began an ongoing efficiency initiative known as Project Schoolhouse, it shut down 14 school buildings with low enrollment. This left many schools operating at higher occupancy rates. District leaders say they need to pay close attention to ensure that schools don't cross the line between full and overcapacity. Each winter since Project Schoolhouse began, district administrators have conducted an annual site capacity review and the Tulsa school board has subsequently approved adjustments to school boundaries to help balance out student enrollments among sites. In 2013, Tulsa Public Schools reopened a closed elementary school building as a 7th grade center to help alleviate unexpected crowding at McLain Junior High School. Superintendent Keith Ballard believes that Project Schoolhouse is working and that the district could be eligible to pursue a new bond issue to address capital needs, including classroom additions, in late 2014 or early 2015.
About the district
- See also: Tulsa Public Schools, Oklahoma
Tulsa County outperformed 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.
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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- Tulsa Public Schools, "Board of Education Members," accessed January 16, 2014
- Suzanne Schreiber: Tulsa School Board, "About Suzanne," accessed January 17, 2014
- Oklahoma, "Candidate Information," accessed January 16, 2014
- Suzanne Schreiber: Tulsa School Board, "On the Issues," accessed March 3, 2014
- Tulsa World, "Tulsa Public Schools considering options to alleviate crowding," accessed January 16, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Tulsa County, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Tulsa Public Schools Elections|
|Election date:||February 11, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 4: • Bobbie Gray-Elliott • Shawna Keller • William D. Bickerstaff |
District 7: • Suzanne Schreiber • Gene Beach
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|