The bond projects going on at Tulsa Public Schools are made possible by the generous support of Tulsa voters. We appreciate your continued investment in our students and schools!
We are passionate about our work to help ensure that all Tulsa Public Schools are safe, supportive, learning environments and that all our students and staff are equipped with the highest possible quality learning resources!
The bond office works collaboratively with all schools and departments to plan and complete bond funded projects supporting all members of the Tulsa Public School community. Projects range from the construction of major school additions and school-wide remodels to the purchase of a wide range of classroom materials like microscopes, textbooks, computers, kilns, tumbling mats and much more
In addition to planning with district schools, departments and teams, the bond office works closely with city, state and national organizations and with local community groups on the development and deployment of school bond projects.
What are school bonds?
Bonds for school projects are very similar to a home mortgage. To finance construction projects and equipment purchases, the district sells bonds to investors who will be paid back principal and interest over time, with funds raised through property taxes.
School bonds begin with a general election to authorize a specific amount for projects specified on the ballot. The schools district sells them as municipal bonds, typically twice a year, when funds are needed for building projects or equipment and resources. Bids are taken from interested buyers, usually large institutional investors, and are sold at the lowest interest rate offered.
How can school bond money be used?
Proceeds from schools bonds can be used for capital expenditures including the acquisition of land, construction of building projects like classrooms, stadiums and libraries as well as remodeling of existing school facilities. Funds can also be used for the purchase of buses, equipment and materials including textbooks, computers and networking, musical instruments, science materials and other teaching resources.
- Anderson Elementary Remodel
- Disney Elementary Remodel
- Owen Elementary HVAC
- Kendall-Whittier HVAC Phase 1
- Emerson Elementary 6 Classroom Addition, Safe room #9
- Key Elementary 8 Classroom Addition, Safe room #10
- McClure Elementary 13 Classroom Addition, Safe room #11
- McKinley Elementary 10 Classroom Addition and Remodel, Safe Room #12
- Whitman Library Addition, Safe Room #13
- McLain Fieldhouse (completion January, 2019)
- McLain Jr./ Sr. High Security Entrances, Café and Classroom Modifications
- Bell early childhood classrooms and security entrance
- EduCare 4
- Playground equipment sets at 10 schools
- Concrete paving unit cost, district wide
- Roofing at various sites
- major work at 22 schools
- totaled approximately $24 million
- included work on over 500,000 square ft. of building space in our schools
- Kerr Classroom Addition, Safe room #7
- Springdale Classroom Addition, Safe room #6
- Zarrow Classroom Addition, Safe room #8
- Cooper Kitchen and Cafeteria Expansion and Remodel
- Carnegie Remodel
- Eliot Remodel
- Lindbergh Remodel
- Marshall partial remodel
- McClure Remodel
- Hale Sr. High Cafe Remodel
- Clinton West Transition to Elementary
- Webster Transition to Jr./Sr. High
- Key HVAC
- Hale Jr. HVAC
- Thoreau HVAC and Library Remodel
- Academy Central New Entrance and Office
- Playground Equipment Sets at 12 schools
Members of the Citizen Bond Oversight Committee are appointed by Tulsa Public Schools district board members. They serve throughout the years of 2015 bond period until approximately 2022. Several members of the oversight committee have served on the committee since passage of earlier bonds and provide history and a long-range view of district initiatives, projects, and progress. The oversight committee meets bi-monthly to review progress on projects as identified in the 2015 bond package.
CURRENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Brett Campbell
- Carole Carner
- Lynda Chaplin
- Bon Eggleston
- Eddie Evans
- Earl Goodman
- Robert Howard
- John Huffman
- Erica Irvine
- Barney James
- Myrna Jones
- Stacy Loeffler
- Josh Miller
- Melanie Miller
- Shawna Mott-Wright
- Darryl Knox
- Patti Ferguson-Palmer
- Brian Paschal
- Bill Richert (Chair)
- Joshua Roby (co-chair)
- Paul Rossler
- Richard Ryan
- Kelly Simon
- Peggy Spillman
- James Stuart
- Bo Summers
- Sharon Voskuhl
By the Numbers
The 2015 bond package secured funding for school improvements and technology for our students!
$415 million approved by voters
$101 million spent so far
27 construction projects completed
Kerr Elementary safe room addition.
This room can protect all students, staff, and guests if a tornado threatens the school. It has walls, ceiling and doors that can withstand 250 mph wind. It includes ventilation and power features. The room meets FEMA standards.
We do our best to keep our kids and staff safe. Thank you for your help.