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Getting to Know B.A. Board of Education

By KAYLEY FORSHEY
Contributing Writer

DISTRICT LEADERS: From left, President Steve Allen, Vice President Steve Majors, Deputy Clerk Cheryl Kelly, Clerk Jerry Denton, Minutes Clerk Debbie Hill and member John Cockrell make up B.A.’s board of education.


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Broken Arrow’s Board of Education members serve alongside the community to support and protect the public school system of Broken Arrow. These members are dedicated public servants charged with establishing policies for the school system, based on Oklahoman and federal laws, to ensure the betterment of the community as a whole. They lead the district.

A graduate of Broken Arrow schools in 1989, Board President Steve Allen served in Broken Arrow schools from 1998 to 2002 as a teacher and coach. He serves in many community organizations, such as the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Broken Arrow Youth Football, and Big Brothers of Oklahoma, and currently works as a senior risk consultant for Commercial Risk Group Inc.

Vice President Steve Majors settled down in Broken Arrow after graduation from the University of Arkansas. He is currently working in sales and quality control for P&M Industries and is an active member in various youth programs in the community. A Tulsa native, he graduated from East Central High School, attended Oklahoma State University and graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics. He and his wife Sheryl have two sons, who graduated from Broken Arrow High School, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.

Board Clerk Jerry Denton was born and raised in Oklahoma with family ties to Broken Arrow through his parents. He attended schools in the Broken Arrow district from kindergarten to graduation. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he returned to Broken Arrow to raise his children, sending them all to Broken Arrow schools from kindergarten through graduation. Denton currently works as the Supervisor of Inside Sales and Service at Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties.

Board Member Cheryl Kelly was re-elected in 2014 for her second term in office, serving district four. She also serves on the Oklahoma State School Board Association as the Region 4 Board Director. She believes that all children should have educational opportunities to lead them to success.

Board Member John Cockrell and his wife, Jonna, have three children who attend Broken Arrow High School. He serves the community as a captain and paramedic for the Broken Arrow Fire Department.

The members of the board work tirelessly to ensure the educational future of Broken Arrow students is bright. Their responsibility to the community fuels their resolve to lead unselfishly, establishing policies that uphold the values of Broken Arrow Public Schools.

Updated 10-16-2018

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