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Ron Millican
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Board member, Oklahoma City Board of Education, District 7
Incumbent
Term ends
February 2018
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionFebruary 11, 2014
First electedApril 6, 2010
Next generalFebruary 2018
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSoutheast High School
Bachelor'sEast Central University
Master'sUniversity of Central Oklahoma
Personal
ProfessionRetired educator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ron Millican campaign logo
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]

Biography

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]

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

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

Results

Oklahoma City Board of Education, District 7, 4-year term, February 11, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Millican Incumbent 72.8% 222
     Nonpartisan Wilfredo Santos-Rivera 27.2% 83
Total Votes 305
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State, "Annual School Election," accessed February 11, 2014 These results are unofficial.

Funding

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

Endorsements

Millican did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2010

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

2014

Millican listed the following priorities on his 2014 campaign website:[5]

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.

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 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.[6]

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.[7] Oklahoma City Public Schools is the largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 42,989 students during the 2010-11 school year.[8]

Demographics

Oklahoma City outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. 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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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[9]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 180,350 44.3
Democratic 168,098 41.3
Independent 58,358 14.3

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