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 email@example.com to share your feedback and suggestions.
Deborah A. Gist