Challenger seeks to regain Oklahoma City School Board seat

Ron Millican, who defeated Wilfredo Santos-Rivera four years ago for a seat on the Oklahoma City School Board, will again face Santos-Rivera in the Feb. 11 election.
by Tim Willert Published: February 9, 2014

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.

by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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