The Deer Creek School District's school board election Tuesday will feature a volunteer, a business owner and a professor.
The three candidates are running to succeed board President David Miller, who said he will retire from the board after this term because he has accomplished many of the goals he set five years ago.
Miller also said he is a strong believer that the positions on the board should change to bring in some “new blood.”
The new blood will be coming in the form of either Deer Creek mother Keri Shipley, pharmacy owner Jerrod Roberts or University of Oklahoma professor Timothy Laubach.
All registered voters in the Deer Creek School District will be able to vote in the election, and the winner of the election will most likely take his or her place on the board in March.
Shipley is the mother of two girls in the Deer Creek school system and has served as a parent-teacher organization president at the elementary and middle school level.
Shipley said she and her family moved to the district in 2006, and she has been active in the community since that time.
Aside from her service on the PTO, she said she has been a part of many fundraising efforts for her daughters' schools and has volunteered several thousand hours to the school system.
Shipley said her main motivation to run for school board is to bring a woman's perspective to the board, which is made up of five men, and to “bridge the gap” between the school board and the community.
She said being active in the community “is a big deal” to her.
“And I think being active and involved is something that would have a positive impact on the board,” Shipley said.
Roberts is the father of three Deer Creek students and is the owner of Flourish Integrative Pharmacy in Oklahoma City.