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Tulsa Public Schools notifies employees of possible layoffs

Posted at 12:26 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 23:10:32-05

TULSA — Tulsa Public Schools has begun notifying employees about possible layoffs.

TPS says they have notified 84 non vacant positions about the layoffs.

In an email to staff, Superintendent Deborah Gist says she's recommending the school board eliminate and defund positions across the district's offices.

TPS says all affected employees have been informed of the recommended eliminations either through certified mail or through conversations.

Officials say these positions will no longer exist after June 30, 2020, if the board approves the recommendation for the elimination.

If the recommendation for reduction is approved, officials say it would also create new positions to absorb the duties of the proposed positions for elimination.

The press release states that job performance was not a factor for any of the positions proposed for deletion, instead that the positions were considered "based solely on the responsibilities of each role."

This comes as TPS faces a $20 million budget shortfall next school year.

Dr. Gist says she plans to share more details at a special board meeting next month.

To read Dr. Gist's email to staff, click here.

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