Candidates Invited to File for District 3 Seat on Putnam City Board of Education

11.03.2017 7:46 AM

People who reside within the boundaries of Putnam City’s board election District 3 and who are interested in running for the board seat representing the area can file as a candidate from 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N. Lincoln. The election will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Office No. 3, currently held by Becky Halliburton, board president, represents residents in an irregularly shaped area in the northernmost section of the Putnam City school district. Office No. 3 boundaries stretch as far north as N.W. 128th and as far south as Britton Rd. From east to west, the area stretches as far east as Ann Arbor Ave, and as far west as County Line Boulevard.

The area can be better understood by viewing a map of board election districts at http://www.putnamcityschools.org/boardmap. On that map, the area represented by the person holding Office No. 3 is shaded brown.

School board members serve a five-year term representing a specific geographic area of the Putnam City school district. Requirements for school board candidates are stipulated by Oklahoma law. In order to qualify, an individual for election or appointment to the Putnam City School Board, an individual:
• Must have resided within the geographical boundaries of the election district for at least six months prior to the first day of the filing period
• Must have been a registered voter with the county election board at an address within the geographical boundaries of the election district for six months preceding the first day of the filing period
• Must hold a high school diploma or certificate of high school equivalency
• Must agree and pledge in writing to attend 12 hours of school board member training within15 months of election or appointment to the school board, as required by state law
• Must complete 15 hours of continuing education during any full term of office
• Cannot have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a felony under the laws of Oklahoma of the United States
• Cannot have been convicted of a crime in another state which would have been a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a felony under the laws of Oklahoma and cannot have entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to such crime
• Cannot have entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to such misdemeanor involving embezzlement or a felony
• Cannot be currently employed by Putnam City Schools
• Cannot be related within second degree by affinity or consanguinity to any other member of the Putnam City Board of Education or to any employee of Putnam City Schools

While serving on the board, board members make decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community and bear responsibility for a $132 million general fund budget, more than 19,500 students, more than 2,000 employees and 35 district buildings.

School board members provide leadership, hire administrators, evaluate the superintendent, develop and approve district policies, listen to community concerns, attend board meetings (usually scheduled on the first and third Mondays of the month), participate in subcommittees and task forces and attend school and community programs and events throughout the year. Nationally, school board members report spending an average of about 25 hours a month on board business.

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