District 6 vacancy on Board of Education

posted Jul 12, 2018, 10:44 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 13, 2018, 5:29 AM ]

On July 16 the Bartlesville Board of Education will accept the resignation of Ms. Nikki Benson from her seat representing District 6, which covers the southeast portion of the school district. The Board appreciates her long and successful service on the board since 2010, including her service as Clerk of the Board since 2016.

In June 2018, Ms. Benson indicated her intention to resign, citing her purchase of a new home in a different board district in Bartlesville. She stated, “It has been a wonderful experience serving on the board for the past eight years. I have not only learned more than I could have imagined, but I have had the opportunity to meet and get to know such an amazing group of staff and administrators. Our community is lucky to have such amazing educators that serve the children of our district.”

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 SW Jennings Ave, Bartlesville, OK 74003.

  • The deadline for receiving the letter of interest and résumé is July 31, 2018.

  • The Board will then consider applicants for possible appointment to fill the District 6 seat for the remainder of the term, which ends in early 2020.

    • Each term on the Board is for four years. If a Board member retires from her 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 Ms. Benson was re-elected in 2016 and has served more than half of her 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 6, 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 6, 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.

  • Click here for a map showing the board districts.

  • 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 SW Jennings Ave.

  • Each of the Board of Education members also serves on at least one Board committee.

    * “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.

Ms. Nikki Benson
Ms. Nikki Benson, who represented District 6, has resigned from the Bartlesville Board of Education