Owasso Public Schools, Oklahoma

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Owasso Public Schools
Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Owasso Public Schools logo.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Clark Ogilvie
Enrollment:9,143 students
Graduation rate:88.5%
Number of schools:14
Budget: $86.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Brent England
Board members:5
Term length:5
Owasso Public Schools is a school district in Oklahoma that serves Tulsa County. It is the 12th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 9,143 students in 14 schools with an operating budget of $86.9 million.[1]

About the district

Owasso Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Owasso 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 603,403 residents.[2] Owasso is the 12th largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 9,143 students during the 2010-11 school year.[3]

Demographics

Tulsa County overperformed 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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
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[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 129,137 37.1
Republican 175,008 50.3
Independent 43,625 12.5

Superintendent

The current superintendent of Owasso Public Schools is Dr. Clark Ogilvie, who has served in the position for over ten years. Prior to his current post, he was superintendent of Berryhill Public Schools. In 2013, he was named the District 5 Superintendent of the Year, an honor which he had received once before.[5]

School board

The Owasso School Board has five members that are elected by ward to five-year terms.[6]

Owasso School Board
Member Role Ward Term Ends
Brent England President Ward 4 2014
Forrest "Frosty" Turpen Vice President Ward 5 2015
Pat Vanatta Clerk Ward 1 2016
Gail Ballinger Member Ward 3 2018
Rhonda Mills Member Ward 2 2017

School board elections

See also: Owasso Public Schools elections (2014)

One seat on the Owasso School Board was scheduled to be up for election on November 5, 2013, however the election was canceled because the incumbent was running unopposed. One seat will be up for election in 2015 and one seat will be up in 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Owasso School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

Patrons may address the Board during regular meetings on any item listed on the agenda for the current month’s meeting. In order to be heard, speakers must sign in within the 15-minute period before the Board meeting is called to order. The president may establish the order for speakers. Each speaker will be given a maximum of three minutes. Members of the Board are not allowed to respond to comments from the floor, and no vote or action may be taken on issues raised. Patrons may also address the board on other items concerning the Owasso Public Schools district, but must submit a letter 7 days prior to the board meeting stating the reason to address the board. The request will then be placed on the agenda as one of the agenda items. [8]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Janesville School District.[1]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $39,955,287 45.9% $4,192,200 4.8% $7,781,553 8.9% $11,536,970 13.3% $23,491,802 27% $86,958,832
Averages: $39,955,287 46% $4,192,200 5% $7,781,553 9% $11,536,970 13% $23,491,802 27% $86,958,832

Teacher salaries

Owasso Public Schools does not publish its teacher salary schedule on its website.

Schools in Owasso Public Schools

Enrollment

Owasso Public Schools serves 9,143 students, as of 2010-2011 enrollment data. Owasso Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

Owasso Public Schools operates 14 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Owasso Public Schools
Ator Elementary School
Bailey Elementary School
Barnes Elementary School
Hodson Elementary School
Mills Elementary School
Northeast Elementary School
Owasso Eighth Grade Center
Owasso High School
Owasso Mid-High School
Owasso Ram Academy
Owasso Seventh Grade Center
Owasso Sixth Grade Center
Smith Elementary School
Stone Canyon Elementary School

Issues

Owasso Kids For Christ

In 2011, a children's prayer group, "Owasso Kids For Christ" filed a federal lawsuit against Owasso Public Schools for allegedly censoring their right to exercise its faith. The lawsuit came after the group distributed flyers at Northeast Elementary with its motto "“One Dream, One Vision, Reaching the World for Christ!" attached to them.[10] The district told the group it had to stop, as it contained "recruiting" elements, and that it was just following policy to not engage in discriminatory behavior.[11] The district and the group reached a settlement in April 2012 wherein the district paid the group $20,000 for legal fees. The district also altered its policy so that fliers are no longer sent out to parents of any organization.[12]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Oklahoma school district websites

The good

  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information.[13]
  • School board members are listed with email addresses.[14]
  • Board meeting schedule[15] and agenda[16] are posted.
  • District report cards are posted.[17]
  • Budget and revenue information is published.[18][19]
  • School board members are listed with contact information.[20]
  • Public records information can be found in the Policy Manual.[21]
  • Background check requirements are noted in the Policy Manual.[21]

The bad

  • School board meeting minutes are not listed.

Contact information

Owasso Public Schools logo.jpeg
Owasso School Board
1501 North Ash
Owasso, Oklahoma 74055
Phone: (918) 272-5367

See also

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