Tulsa Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Tulsa Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
February 11, 2014
Run-off Election date:
April 1, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Oklahoma
Tulsa Public Schools
Tulsa County, Oklahoma ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Oklahoma
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Two seats on the Tulsa Public Schools school board were up for general election on February 11, 2014. Suzanne Schreiber won the District 7 seat. Shawna Keller defeated Bobbie Gray-Elliott for the District 4 seat in a runoff election on April 1, 2014.

About the district

See also: Tulsa Public Schools, Oklahoma
Tulsa Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Tulsa 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 613,816 residents.[1] Tulsa Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 41,501 students during the 2010-11 school year.[2]

Demographics

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.[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 37.13
Republican 175,008 50.33
Independent 43,625 12.54

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]

Method of board member selection

The Tulsa school board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms by geographic electoral districts. There was no primary election and the general election was held on February 11, 2014. Since no candidate had received a majority of the vote in District 4, a runoff election was held on April 1, 2014.[5] The District 4 and District 7 seats were on the ballot in 2014 and the District 1 seat will be on the ballot in 2015.[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]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Suzanne Schreiber Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, The University of Tulsa and The University of Tulsa Law School
  • Gene Beach
    • Graduate, Tulsa University, Oral Roberts University and Tulsa Community College

Election results

Runoff election
Tulsa Public Schools, District 4 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShawna Keller 65% 1,044
     Nonpartisan Bobbie Gray-Elliot Incumbent 35% 561
Total Votes 1,605
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Municipal/Annual School Runoff Election — April 1, 2014," accessed April 2, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
General election
Tulsa Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShawna Keller 49.8% 220
     Nonpartisan Bobbie Gray-Elliot 36% 159
     Nonpartisan William D. Bickerstaff 14.3% 63
Total Votes 442
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Annual School Election — February 11, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014


Tulsa Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Schreiber 76.6% 749
     Nonpartisan Gene Beach 23.4% 229
Total Votes 978
Source: Oklahoma State Election Board, "Annual School Election — February 11, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014

Endorsements

No candidate received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate has filed a campaign finance report with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[8]

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

Overcrowding

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.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Tulsa Public Schools election in 2014:[7][10]

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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