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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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NAME : Lenis DeRieux
ADDRESS: 20701 N. MacArthur, Edmond, OK 73012
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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.
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