Tulsa Public Schools addresses closing of schools, consolidation

Posted at 4:23 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 05:21:36-04

TULSA -- Funding for education continues to be on the chopping block.

A Tulsa Public Schools meeting is happening Tuesday night at Park Elementary after the district announced two weeks ago that they plan to close multiple schools and consolidate due a $12 million loss in funding.

The district is planning to save about $9 million by closing Remington and Park Elementary schools and ECDC Porter.

The plan is to move all of the students to the Clinton Middle School campus.

The district said the Clinton Middle School students would go the Webster High School campus.

Park Elementary school PTA president Courtney Hill said at first she was angry with the consolidation. But her mind changed quickly when she heard the benefits.

"A better art program for the kids, better sports programs for the kids and an actual music program for the kids since right now at Park, we don't technically even have a music program and that would be something we would be able to get back," Hill said. 

Hill said Clinton Middle School is big enough to house students from all three schools. 

Last year, TPS funding was cut by nine percent, which was about $6.7 million.

Residents who can't make the meeting Tuesday night can attend a meeting Wednesday night at Remington Elementary.

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