TPS gives updates on upcoming cuts

Posted at 12:46 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 13:46:44-04

As students and teachers prepare for the summer, Tulsa Public Schools prepare for the upcoming changes.

Currently, Oklahoma is facing a $1.3 billion budget shortfall for the next fiscal year. Because of that fact, many districts such as Tulsa Public Schools are expecting to feel the repercussions.

Tulsa Public Schools could be short around $20 million for next year.

Currently, 142 vacant teachings positions have been eliminated for next year and are expected to save $8 million dollars.

To be more specific, the Tulsa Public Schools plans to cut around 34 elementary positions, eight ECDC Reed/ Marshall, 84 secondary and 16 specialized and alternative sites.

These changes will lead to increased class sizes.

Changes to bell times and trimmed athletic programs will save more than a million dollars.

The district also cut 10 percent of its central office staff for an estimated savings of 3.7 million dollars.
As the school board president said earlier this month, the cuts are done for now.

But the future is still uncertain.

"For this school year, I could say yes to that. But for future school year, I just don't have the crystal ball."