TPS to cut or defund more than 100 positions

Posted at 9:42 AM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 13:22:59-04

TULSA – On Monday night Tulsa Public Schools board approved cutting or defunding 175 positions, while also creating 73 new ones.

Recently Tulsa Public Schools asked for feedback from the community about where it would like to see the cuts being made.

After nearly 4,000 people responded, Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist announced the recommendations to the Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education.

Ultimately 102 positions are expected to be cut from the district. Of the 175 positions chosen to be deleted, 89 are currently filled; 79 are vacant due to a hiring freeze.

As of May 17, the Tulsa Public Schools plans to cut around 34 elementary positions, eight ECDC Reed/ Marshall, 84 secondary and 16 specialized and alternative sites.

Seven were cut as a result of a resignation or retirement and of the 73 newly created positions, 48 are positions that are being reconfigured.

The other 25 are new positions with job responsibilities not currently being performed.


District employees from the central office will be the most affected. Positions such as bus drivers, police and security officers, mechanics, teacher mentors and IT people.

Results from the vote held Monday night showed a 7-0 for the deletion of positions, 6-1 on creation of positions and a 5-2 on title changes, according to the TPS board president.

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