TULSA - Tulsa Public Schools kicked off a campaign for a $38 million dollar bond initiative on Tuesday.
The vast majority of the money would be used to pay for technological upgrades to the classroom.
TPS superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard said he did not think he would end the school year asking voters to approve another bond issue.
"It finally became something that we could not ignore," said Ballard.
Ballard said he heard from teachers across the districts through a survey.
The teachers said TPS was falling behind surrounding districts in providing technology to students, according to Ballard.
About $15 million would be used to purchase new laptops and tablets.
Officials say the goal is to provide one computer for every three students.
"We need to keep up with the 21st Century. Every child needs to know how to use computers and know how to use technology," said Judy Fessenden, the principal at Patrick Henry Elementary.
In 2010, voters approved a $354 million education bond for TPS, the largest in state history.
The district says most of that money was used for building construction and repairs.
About $2.7 million from the new bond would pay for district wide security upgrades, including the replacement of damaged, destroyed or expired equipment.
The loss of the Barnard elementary building in a fire persuaded officials to add $3.6 million to install sprinkler systems in 11 old buildings.
If voters approve the bond, officials say homeowners would see a gradual increase in monthly taxes.
The owner of a $100,00 home would pay an extra $3.38 per month by 2016, when the taxes would level off.
The district will hold public informational forums about the bond initiative. The forums will be held as follows:
Monday, April 29 Thoureau Demonstration Academy, 7370 E. 71st St.
Tuesday, April 30 Central High School, 3101 W. Edison St.
Wednesday, May 1 Webster High School, 191 W. 40th St.
Thursday, May 2 Edison Preparatory School, 2906 E. 41st St.
Tuesday, May 7 Booker T. Washington High, 1514 E. Zion St.
Wednesday, May 8 McLain High School, 4929 N. Peoria Ave.
Thursday, May 9 East Central High Schook, 12150 E. 11th St.
Monday, May 13 Memorial High School, 5840 S. Hudson Ave.
For more information, including a detailed list of expenditures proposed, visit YesforTPS.com.
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