Congratulations Eric Lyons, DCHS Art Teacher for being named Deer Creek 2015-16 District Teacher of the Year!
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM
MAY 20th to MAY 17, 2016!!
Deer Creek Staff, Parents, and Students,
The Deer Creek Board of Education voted at the April 21st board meeting to change the last day of school from May 20, 2016 to May 17, 2016. In an effort to conserve funds, the District has decided to have a complete shutdown of all sites and facilities with no staff or students on campus May 19th and 20th.
All staff will report to work on Wednesday, May 18th to receive required training as the District will be converting from PowerSchool to Infinite Campus in the fall of 2016. “Taking the time to train our staff on May 18th will help alleviate additional time and expense in the fall that would include substitute teacher costs needed to get all staff appropriately trained in our new student data system”, stated Lenis DeRieux, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer.
The District received permission in the fall from the State Department of Education that instruction time be calculated by hours in lieu of days. This allowed the District to have approximately 8 days of potential inclement weather to miss school without having to require students to return to school after the original last day. Ranet Tippens, Superintendent said “We feel confident that we will be able to withstand the anticipated budget cuts due to conservative budgeting and an increase of student population. However, we feel it is important to continue to find ways to conserve funding as much as possible. By shortening the school calendar by two days, training staff on May 18th and closing down all sites and facilities for two days, the district saves in energy, utilities, transportation and substitute teacher costs.
The Board of Education stated that ending school 3 days early this year, does not set a precedent for years to come. “We will assess the status of student attendance and hours annually”, John Robertson, Board President stated. Robertson also stated “We are very concerned about the short and long-term impact state budget cuts and we must take every opportunity to allocate our resources wisely”.
DCHS Art Teacher
Deer Creek School District
Teacher of the Year!
VANESSA GERST, Passport Reading - Deer Creek Elementary
TERRI BANGASSER, Kindergarten - Prairie Vale Elementary
SIDNEY RASHIDZADA, Pre-Kindergarten- Rose Union Elementary
AMANDA THOMPSON, Fourth Grade - Grove Valley Elementary
KAYLEY WILLIAMSON, Music - Spring Creek Elementary
LESLEE HOWZE, Music - Deer Creek Intermediate School
SUSAN SHUMATE, 8th Grade Literature - Deer Creek Middle School
ERIC LYONS, Art- Deer Creek High School
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PUBLIC NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
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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NAME : Lenis DeRieux
ADDRESS: 20701 N. MacArthur, Edmond, OK 73012
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 405-348-6100 Ext. 1138
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.
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:
General Fund (Teachers and classroom equipment and supplies)
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?
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.
Deer Creek Public Schools