Candidates Sought for Board District 4

posted Jun 10, 2016, 5:50 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated Jun 15, 2016, 10:57 AM ]
The Bartlesville Board of Education will be accepting applications for the District 4 seat until June 30, 2016. See below or click here for details on applying.

Doug Divelbiss
On June 9, the Board accepted the resignation of Mr. Doug Divelbiss from his seat representing District 4, which covers north central and northeast portions of the school district. The Board appreciates his long and successful service on the board since 2006, including his service as Vice-President of the Board from 2009-2011 and as President from 2011-2016.

In January 2016 Mr. Divelbiss announced his intention to resign later in the year. He stated, “My youngest child graduated from Bartlesville High School in 2014, and I retired from ConocoPhillips later that year. Still, because of several civic commitments, I find myself lacking the time I would like to have to enjoy my family and relax in retirement. I have enjoyed my tenure on the Bartlesville Board of Education and am proud to have had a role in the many accomplishments of our school district over the last ten years. Bartlesville is fortunate to have a very strong and capable Board of Education, and I have great confidence that my fellow board members will be successful in leading the district to new heights.”

Pursuant to Board policy BBA, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment as follows:
  • Those candidates who are interested in filling the vacated seat for the remainder of the current term can send a letter of interest and a résumé to School Board President Scott Bilger at 1100 South Jennings, Bartlesville, OK 74003.
  • The deadline for receiving the letter of interest and résumé is June 30, 2016.
  • The Board will then consider applicants for possible appointment to fill the Office 4 seat for the remainder of the term, which ends in early 2018. 
    • Each term on the Board is for four years. If a Board member retires from his or her seat during the initial half of their term, then a special election is held if two or more people show interest in that position. However, since Mr. Divelbiss was re-elected in 2014 and has served more than half of his latest term, the Board shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy for the balance of the unexpired term.
    • Once a person is appointed to serve the remainder of the current four-year term in District 4, he or she would then be eligible to seek a subsequent four-year term – through an election, if necessary – if they so choose. 
  • Those who are interested in being part of the Board of Education must meet certain qualifications:
    • The person must be qualified to vote in any school district election and be registered with the county election board within the school district.
    • The person must be a resident of – and a registered voter in – the school district and the election district (District 4, in this case) for at least six months immediately prior to being appointed.
    • No person can serve on the Board unless they have been awarded a high school diploma or a certificate of high school equivalency.
    • A person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor involving embezzlement or of a felony who has entered a plea of guilty or “nolo contendere” to such crime shall not be eligible to serve in a school board position for a period of 15 years following completion of the sentence or during the pending period of an appeal.
    • No person can be a candidate for or serve as a Board member if the person is currently employed by the Bartlesville Public School District or is related within the second degree* by affinity or consanguinity to any other member of the Board or to an employee of the school district. 
  • To see a map showing the district demarcation, visit the district web site at Click on the “Board of Education” link to the left. Then click on “Board District Boundaries”. Click here for the district map. 
  • Board members typically attend one Board of Education meeting per month. The meetings are typically held in the Board room of the Education Service Center, which is located at 1100 South Jennings.

“Second degree” relatives are: spouse, child or child’s spouse, parent or parent’s spouse, grandchild or grandchild’s spouse, grandparent or grandparent’s spouse, sibling or sibling’s spouse, spouse’s child or spouse’s parent, spouse’s grandchild or spouse’s grandparent, and spouse’s sibling. Siblings of "half-blood," meaning that two individuals share one parent, are considered equal to a full sibling sharing two parents.
District Webmaster,
Jun 10, 2016, 5:50 AM