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ADMINISTRATION • BUDGET 2017-2018



Preliminary Recommendations for the 2017-2018 Budget

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT DEBORAH A. GIST

Dear Tulsans,

During the last few weeks, we have heard from many parents, teachers, students, and community members about the consolidation plan we are considering in order to ensure quality programming for students on the west side in our current context of Oklahoma's chronic under-funding of education. The Board of Education and district leaders have a lot to consider and discuss based upon the feedback and ideas that we've received from you.

We have made some adjustments to our budget reduction timeline to ensure that our decision making is informed by the most comprehensive and accurate information possible. There are still some cost-saving measures that we will recommend on May 1 so that our teachers, school leaders, and district staff have the information they need to plan for the upcoming school year. The Tulsa Board of Education and Superintendent Deborah Gist have decided to hold a special Board meeting in mid-May where we will present final recommendations for budget reductions. 

We are so grateful for your involvement in this process and for your continued engagement throughout this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Deborah A. Gist

PDF: 2017-2018 FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BUDGET REDUCTIONS

 

 

PDF: 2017-2018 BUDGET UPDATE PRESENTATION

 

 

PDF: 2017-2018 WEBSTER & CLINTON CONSOLIDATION COMMUNITY PRESENTATION

 

 

PDF: 2017-2018 ELEMENTARY CONSOLIDATION COMMUNITY PRESENTATION

 

 

PDF: 2017-2018 PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS PRESENTATION

 

 

VIDEO: (2hr.40min.) 2017-2018 PRELIMINARY RECOMMENDATIONS SPECIAL MEETING

 

Tulsa Public Schools is bracing for an expected $12 million reduction in state funding for the 2017-2018 school year. The district leadership team has carefully and thoroughly evaluated every feasible option to identify ways to reduce expenses and balance our budget for next year. The unfortunate reality is that managing budget reductions of this magnitude means that as a district, we will be forced to make extraordinarily difficult decisions to keep our doors open to the children and families we serve.

Last year's revenue shortfall led to a 10% reduction in central office staffing, new bell-times for schools, and adjustments to class sizes, athletic programs, library services, and school staffing plans. As we did last year, we again started as far from the classroom as possible with reductions to our district office services. However, district office cuts alone will not be enough to offset a $12 million loss. Our students and schools will feel the effects of these cuts, despite our best efforts to protect them. Every single person on our team makes a difference, and every single program matters - but the best interests of our students and families must always be our priority.

On Wednesday, April 5th, Superintendent Deborah A. Gist presented preliminary recommendations for budget reductions for the 2017-2018 school year to the Tulsa Board of Education and larger Tulsa community. The district leadership team expects to present a set of final recommendations to the Board of Education on May 1, 2017.

We hope you that you will take some time to review this recommendations to learn more about the truly unacceptable changes we may have to make in the coming school year.

Please feel free to contact us at getinvolved@tulsaschools.org to share your feedback and suggestions.

 

Citizen comments: Mayor GT Bynum (3min.48sec.)

Citizen comments: Patti Ferguson-Palmer (3min.48sec.)

Special Meeting: (2hr.40min.)

 


 

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Board Meetings

(PUBLIC IS WELCOME)

  • May 1 (Monday) 6:30 p.m.
  • May 15 (Monday) 6:30 p.m.
 
 
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