The Edmond Sun

November 8, 2013

School board filing set for Dec. 2-4

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Filing for candidacy for Edmond Board of Education’s District 4 seat and Deer Creek’s Office 4 seat will be Dec. 2-4.

Those interested in running for the positions may file from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during that three-day period at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.

The election will be Feb. 11. If needed, a run-off election will be April 1.

To be eligible for Edmond’s District 4, a candidate must live in the district, be a registered voter in the district, have a high school diploma or equivalency and not be employed by the district or have immediate family members employed by the district. The same criteria apply for the Deer Creek seat.

Edmond’s District 4 begins at the intersection of 15th Street and Boulevard Street and extends south to 33rd Street, west to Kelly Avenue, south to Memorial Road, east to Eastern Avenue/Boulevard Street, south to one-half mile south of Memorial Road, west to a point one-half mile west of Meridian Avenue, north one mile to a point located one-half mile north of Memorial Road, east one mile to a point located one-half mile east of Meridian Avenue, north to 15th Street, east on 15th Street to Eastern Avenue/Boulevard Street.

The Deer Creek Office 4 seat is bounded by Waterloo Road, South May Avenue, Northwest 220th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, halfway between Covell Road and Coffee Creek Road and along parts of Santa Fe avenue, according to a district map. Danny Barnes is the incumbent in this seat.

School board members serve five-year terms with one member’s term expiring each year. The Edmond Board of Education typically meets the first Monday of every month. Board members manage construction projects, education-related purchases, district policies and oversees district personnel among other responsibilities.

The Edmond District 4 seat is currently occupied by school board member Stephanie Bills. Bills, Metro-Tech’s chief officer of human resources, was appointed to fill the seat after longtime board member George Cohlmia resigned.

Bills confirmed Friday that she intends to run for election.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the last five months with a student-focused board,” Bills said. ”We are passionate about sustaining excellence in Edmond Public Schools. Our students, parents, staff and administration deserve our very best.  

“Today, I am deeply concerned about the inadequate funding for our public schools,” she said. “Edmond has always provided excellence in education, but due to a continuation of unfunded mandates by our (Legislature) and their funding trends, our quality school system could be in jeopardy. It is my duty to continue my service and speak regarding these matters. My experience in education and administration will be an valuable asset to the school district during these challenging times.”