The Edmond Sun

April 3, 2009

Deer Creek school board runoff set for Tuesday

With only 8 percent of the voters in the Deer Creek school district turning out for the primary voting, school board members are hoping residents will turn out for the runoff election Tuesday.

“It has been two months since the primary elections,” school board member David Miller said. “I hope voters remember to go to the polls Tuesday.”

In the primary election voting was close between the two candidates on the ballot for the runoff election. Danny Barnes received 308 votes (42.48 percent) and Suzanne McGraw received 294 votes (40.55 percent). Robert Talbot received 123 votes, therefore eliminating him from the runoff.

McGraw said she believed the results of the election show that a high percentage of the voters want change.

Barnes, president of the school board, has been a 40-year resident of Deer Creek, moving there in 1969 and graduating in 1974. By the time the youngest of his six children graduates, he will have had students in the Deer Creek system for more than 30 years.

“I have witnessed many changes in our schools and it is not a word I will run away from,” Barnes said. “Change for itself must enrich the academic experience.”

McGraw is the mother of seven, and she says she is passionate about children and education.

“I am continuously communicating with teachers and parents,” McGraw said.

“School board members are managers of education, and we must reform, communicate and be accountable. We must look hard at what we are doing.”

Barnes said students power down when they come to school.

“Technology is an important tool, but it is not the answer to everything. It does help us compete.”

McGraw says the district needs to make sure the children are grasping the fundamentals at every level, from keyboarding to using Microsoft.

Although school curriculum is set by the state, Barnes believes teachers have leeway to teach in different manners.

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