This is AMAZING!! Congratulations Abby White, Perfect ACT Score!!

Congratulations to DCHS 2014 National Merit Semi-Finalists Jordan Ford, Abigail White, and Jonathan Young!

Jennifer Ingram, DCMS Teacher, receiving her first check from the grant she was awarded by OGE!

Congratulations to DCIS Teacher, Amy Hill for being named Social Studies Teacher of the Year!



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OCTOBER 16-20th
Classes Resume Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Deer Creek Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, disability or veteran status in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or any aspect of their operations and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated groups in accordance with all State and Federal Laws.

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To the Parents, Patrons and Staff of Deer Creek, 

I would like to say in a true Disney celebration, “WOW!”  Our schools have done a great job of creating “magic” moments for our students.  From buses getting our students to and from, to lunches with fresh vegetables and fruits, to clean pretty gardens and entrances, to great chalk artwork and beach ball get acquainted activities  and incredible creative math lessons, you have made a memorable school start for the children of Deer Creek!  There are not enough words to thank all of the people who made this 14-15 school year start off so well.  

I believe it takes a village to raise a child.  It takes an even bigger village to make great things happen for children in a school district.  Our village is made up of so many wonderful people that we need to thank. 

  • Thank you Deer Creek Foundation for a wonderful brunch for all of the Deer Creek staff to start our year!
  • Thank you Deer Creek Foundation for the exciting technology, science equipment and classroom activities that are in our classrooms because of your tireless efforts!
  • Thank you to Lenis DeRieux, Diana Jones, James Rose and Mandy Godfrey and all of the people that helped them organize and prepare for principal and secretary training, new teacher training and our back to school welcome and training.
  • Thank you to the parents and PTO groups that provided back to school snacks for our teachers and staff.
  • Thank you to staff members for painting walls, making pillows, decorating tables, creating beautiful boo hoo brunches and the list could go on and on!
  • Thank you to our operations staff who continue to work tirelessly to repair HVAC, roofs, cafeterias, paint classrooms and haul off mounds of boxes and trash.
  • Thank you to our transportation staff who work continually to see that every child arrives safely to and from school.
  • Thank you to our technology staff who worked through the nights to ensure that computers and smart boards were up and running.  Thank you to this staff who spend countless hours training and retraining us so we can use all the wonderful things that are so important for 21st century learning for our students.
  • Thank you to the administrative staff who spend countless hours on budgets, payroll, textbook orders, testing, budgets and state reporting.
  • Thank you to teachers who worked tirelessly to decorate beautiful classrooms creating magic in their rooms for the first day of school.
  • Thank you to the teachers for the hours spent mapping, planning and preparing lessons that meet the learning needs of all students.  Thank you for teachers who modify and enrich based on the individual needs of their students.
  • Thank you to teachers, administrators and staff members who teach beyond the curriculum character traits of responsibility, honesty, persistence, compassion, empathy, integrity, resilience and work ethic—just to name a few.
  • Thank you to teachers, administrators and staff members who teach not only content but how to be self-directed learners, problem solvers, critical thinkers, good citizens and good human beings.
  • Thank you to our child nutrition staff who work countless hours to prepare meals that meet all of the new nutrient requirements and guidelines.  Thank you for greeting each child not only with a nutritiously balanced meal but also with a smile and a kind word.
  • Thank you to the parents who entrust the learning and safety of their most precious asset, their children.
  • Thank you to our board of education for their dedication and countless hours of work for the children of Deer Creek.
  • Thank you that we are surrounded by people who jump in and help make things happen.  Thank you that we do not hear, “that’s not my job.”
  • Thank you for parents who take the education of their children seriously and work tirelessly to support their children and the Deer Creek Schools they attend.
  • Thank you to  our students whom I have seen helping fellow students find classes, helping students check out books and reading to them and making signs welcoming the new freshmen to their school.  Thank you for setting the bar higher for the rest of us in serving those around us!
  • Thank you to our students who saw new students afraid to enter the cafeteria and asked them to come and sit and eat with them.
  • Thank you for safety officers, administrators and teachers who stand in the drives before and after school to see that every child safely enters and exits their vehicle.
  • Thank you to our Antler Care staff who help working parents every day by providing snacks and activities for their children both before and after school.
  • Thank you to all who helped us serve the 5300 students in our care! 

Often there are questions on our funding and how money is received and spent.  Below you will find some of the revenue and expenditure information for 2014: 

Child Nutrition 

  • In 2014 we received $221,284.71 in Federal dollars for child nutrition.  This figure is among the lowest in per pupil funding in the state of Oklahoma.
  • We received $21,623.22 in state dollars for child nutrition.  This figure is among the lowest in per pupil funding in the state of Oklahoma.
  • We had to pick up the shortfall in child nutrition from the general fund which was $212,268.  The general fund dollars pay staff salaries and the general operations of the school.
  • Our total expenditure for child nutrition was $1,697,113.78
  • If we were to choose to not follow the child nutrition guidelines we would lose the federal and state funding.  This would also likely cause us to loss our Title I, II and IDEA funding which would be an even greater cost to the district.  It could also affect the district’s e-rate which helps reduce osts in technology.

 Transportation 

  • In transportation we received $189,489.00.
  • Our base transportation expenditures were $1, 074,529
  • We also spent $82,483.81 for parts and tires in bond money in 2014. 
  • We spent another $156,000 for two buses and cameras beginning the 14-15 school year. 

Operations 

  • We spent $3,255,924.74
  • We received $1, 968, 230.74
  • Shortfall $1,287,694
  • This among other financial challenges is why Deer Creek must run small bond issues for deferred maintenance and transportation. 

General Fund (Teachers and classroom equipment and supplies) 

  • If we had the funding of 2008-2009, we would have over $1,700,000 in additional dollars for the classroom.
  • $1,682,000 would put an additional 29 masters level teachers with 10 years’ experience in the classroom.
  • 29 teachers were needed in Deer Creek to meet the smaller class size requirements of 20 in the lower grades and upper class sizes of 24-27 mandated by HB 1017 in the 1990’s.
  • All desks, chairs, textbooks, copiers, paper and technology must also come from this most limited funding area.

There are many underfunded areas in public education especially in the areas we consider operations and child nutrition.  The increasing class sizes and the teacher shortages are clearly what happens when you are 49th in the nation in per pupil funding of education.  The total General Fund per pupil revenue for Deer Creek in FY13 using weighted Average Daily Membership was $4,108.00.  This is $2,098 less than the state funding provided by the lowest ranking state in FY12 which was the state of Utah at $6,206.00.  This information is the most current audited information from the Oklahoma State Department of Education website. 

While the legislature funded nearly $50 more per student in 2014, there is still a great need for funding common education to be addressed.  Deer Creek has received $222,000 of the $250,000 it should have received. 

Deer Creek qualifies for very limited funding from most federal and state funded programs as compared to the per pupil funding of most Oklahoma school districts.  We are a continuously growing 72 square mile district without a city.  As listed above the state funds do not adequately support many of the programs necessary to run a school district. 

How do we have beautiful schools full of excellent teachers using modern technology and resources with our kids if we are so poorly funded as a district?  

  • It is because of our parents and our patrons. 
  • It is the bond issues that you support.  
  • It’s the school shirts, socks and DC accessories that you buy.
  • It’s the admission you pay to events. 
  • It is the license plates and donations you make to our DC Foundation and the DC Arts Foundation.
  • It is the fundraisers and auctions you hold as PTO’s and sanctioned activity support groups.. 
  • It is the crayons, pencils, tissue boxes, batteries, hand sanitizer, and paper towels that you send to school for our classrooms.
  • It is the hours that you give volunteering in our schools.
  • It is every volunteer and runner in our annual Creek Classic.
  • The list could go on and on. 

As you can see, Deer Creek does an excellent job with the limited dollars received.  We are most grateful for the support of our parents and patrons.  It is your support that makes the difference in what we can provide to the children of Deer Creek.  We are also grateful for your voice with our legislature asking them to find permanent solutions to the funding crisis for common education and to support local control in the decisions made for your children 

It is with deepest gratitude that we thank you. Thank you for sharing your most precious asset, your children, with us.  Thank you for your past, present and future support of our schools.  It is an honor and a privilege to serve you and your children.

 

Sincerely, 

Ranet Tippens

Superintendent

Deer Creek Public Schools