Three candidates vie for Deer Creek School Board seat

A mother, a business owner and a professor are running for Deer Creek School Board
BY JONATHAN SUTTON jsutton@opubco.com Published: February 7, 2013
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Roberts said he and his family have lived in the district since 2003, and he opened his pharmacy in 2004.

After serving on several professional boards in the state, Roberts said he felt it was time to dedicate his time to education and his children.

Roberts is basing his campaign on five areas he said he feels need extra attention in coming years: safety, academics, inclusion of students, sports and fine arts.

Roberts said because the district is growing so quickly, the board needs to focus to try to keep expectations high for the school district.

“We've established a high bar for our education system,” he said. “And one of the things that happens when you do that is that people want to come to the district. We have to find a way to educate them well, and we've done a great job of that.”

Timothy Laubach

Laubach is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma and has spent his entire professional career in education.

He has been teaching at OU for 13 years and taught science and coached in Deer Creek district for three years.

Laubach said he has wanted to get involved with the school board ever since he moved to the district in 2009 and the opportunity presented itself this year.

He said he has been impressed with Deer Creek's level of performance, and he thinks there are more policies that could be developed to maintain that performance.

But, he said, there is one thing missing from the board.

“Our current school board has done a good job of maintaining excellence,” Laubach said. “But the board doesn't have an educator on it ... My entire professional career has been involved in (education), and I think that's something the school board needs.”