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Bobbie Gray-Elliott
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Board member, Tulsa School Board, District 4
Former incumbent
Term ends
2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First elected2002
Appointed1998
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionRealtor
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Bobbie Gray-Elliot holds the District 4 seat on the Tulsa school board in Oklahoma. Gray-Elliot was initially appointed to the chamber in 1998 and sought re-election on February 11, 2014. She was defeated by Shawna Keller in a runoff election on April 1, 2014. District 4 includes Columbus, Cooper, Disney, Kerr, Lindbergh, Lewis and Clark, Peary, East Central Jr. High and East Central High School.[1]

Biography

Gray-Elliott has lived in East Tulsa for 30 years. She has served as a member of TMAPC (Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission), as an active member on the Tulsa Education Task Force, Tulsa Education Oversight Committee, Project Get Together Board of Directors, Vision 2000, Riverside Task Force, District 17 Planning Chair (East Tulsa), HomeOwnership Tulsa, East Tulsa Coalition Task Force, President of Eastland Acres Neighborhood Association, President of the Mingo Valley Neighborhood Association and served as a Surrogate/Parent Advocate for TPS. Gray-Elliot is a realtor and has stayed actively involved in the Greater Tulsa Association of Realtors. She has been an associate with Keller Williams Realty in Tulsa for 19 years. Gray-Elliot married David Elliott in 2013, after her husband of 35 years, Richard Gray, passed away in 2009. She has four children and 10 grandchildren.[1][2]

Elections

2014

See also: Tulsa Public Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Bobbie Gray-Elliott challenged newcomers Shawna Keller and William D. Bickerstaff for the District 4 seat in the general election on February 11, 2014. She was defearted Shawna Keller in a runoff election on April 1, 2014.

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

Funding

Gray-Elliot did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[3]

Endorsements

Gary-Elliot did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

2014

Gray-Elliott's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2014:

Funding

"Since FY 2008, Oklahoma has had the largest drop in spending per student in the country-a reduction of 22.8%. As the district is growing, the grand total revenue loss based on the 2013 WADM was -$18,644,407. 42% of the General Fund Revenue comes from State Appropriations. Our Per Pupil Expenditures (PPE) are $1660 lower than the regional average. Increasing funding to meet just these regional averages would allow TPS to hire 1400 new teachers to support the needs of our classrooms. Legislatures need to understand the complexity of the Urban school environment(s). Funding must increase to optimize classroom effectiveness in all areas."

School safety

"Although Tulsa Public Schools is a leader in securing our facilities with coded entries, video camera's and visible security officers, it still is one of the District top Priorities. We must continue to work towards Safe in Place and imminent danger strategies for our students and teachers. "

Education

"Although Tulsa Public Schools is a leader in securing our facilities with coded entries, video camera's and visible security officers, it still is one of the District top Priorities. We must continue to work towards Safe in Place and imminent danger strategies for our students and teachers. "

Dropouts and attendance

"We need to continue to get our arms around those students who become so disillusioned during their late middle to early high school journey that they feel that only alternative for them is to dropout. Better resources need to be made available to provide encouragement and assistance to stay in school.

Attendance matters. Although many students who do not come to school is at an average of 10%, many do not come because their parents do not see the importance if attending on a regular basis. We need to continue to reach out. "

Diversity

"TPS has culminated approximately 26 different language speaking cultures in our schools. East Tulsa schools sit with an average of a 57% Hispanic population with Mong increasing to 9%. We need to continue to embrace these cultures and find resources to educate all students across all language barriers. "

Teachers

"Teachers are and always will be one of the most valued resources in our schools. Should we allow them to continue to be the lowest paid in the the nation and yet reconized nationally for their outstanding performance? There has been no salary increase from the state since 2008 for teachers. The fight must continue for at least a middle class wage to keep our best and brightest here and attract qualified teachers to our classrooms."

Overcrowding

"Over half of the ten schools are at or above capacity in the East Central Feeder Pattern. Immediate adjustments need to be addressed, especially with the imminent concern for potential 3rd grade retention with the pass/fail reading test this year. We need alleviate classroom overcrowding and improve quality teaching environments."

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

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.[4]


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.[5] Tulsa Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 41,501 students during the 2010-11 school year.[6]

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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
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[7]
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.[8]

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