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Ruth Veales
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Board member, Oklahoma City Board of Education, District 5
Term ends
February 2018
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionFebruary 11, 2014
First electedFebruary 10, 2010
Next generalFebruary 2018
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCrooked Oak High School
OtherRose State College
ProfessionAdministrative assistant
Office website
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Ruth Veales currently represents District 5 on the Oklahoma City Schools Board of Education in Oklahoma. She won by default as the only candidate to file for the general election scheduled for February 11, 2014. Veales was first elected to the board in 2010. District 5 covers 14 K-12 schools in Oklahoma City as well as the city's Extended Educational Services.[1]


Veales earned her high school diploma from Crooked Oak High School in 1975. She took courses for software certification at Rose State College between 1991 and 1998. Veales worked as an executive secretary for the Urban League for 14 years.[1] She currently works as an administrative assistant for the City of Spencer Police Department.[2] Veales is active in community organizations including the John H. Bouman Youth Camp and the Grand Parents Raising Grandchildren Academy. She has three adult children and 13 grandchildren.[1]



See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools elections (2014)


Veales ran unopposed for the District 5 seat in the general election scheduled for February 11, 2014. The election was cancelled as Veales was the only candidate to file for the seat.


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


Veales did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Veales defeated 21-year incumbent Thelma Parks for the District 5 seat on February 10, 2010. She won with 72.5% of the vote.[4]

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were up for election on February 11, 2014. District 5 incumbent 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.[5]

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


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
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[8]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 180,350 44.3
Democratic 168,098 41.3
Independent 58,358 14.3

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