Oklahoma City School District Board Member Ron Millican believes the 10 schools he serves on the south side are better off than they were four years ago, despite poor test scores and school overcrowding.
“We've worked very hard in the past four years to get excellent leadership in those schools,” Millican said recently. “We have some stability in those schools that we did not have four years ago.”
Millican, 76, is a longtime educator and former administrator in the Midwest City-Del City School District. He defeated Santos-Rivera four years ago.
“The main reason I'm running is for the kids,” Millican said, Wilfredo Santos-Rivera — Millican's challenger for the District 7 seat in Tuesday's election — sees things differently.
Santos-Rivera, 68, is angry about the district's latest report card, which included 39 F's and 20 D's and failing grades for eight schools in Millican's district.
“I think what we have here is a systematic failure that must be addressed,” he said.
Santos-Rivera has taught at private schools in Oklahoma City, New York and Puerto Rico.
“I know how the system works,” he said, adding he plans to get parents more involved in the process.