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Tulsa Public Schools to hold a ribbon cutting for the newly renamed John Hope Franklin Elementary

Posted: 5:08 AM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 13:47:58-04

TULSA, Okla. — On Wednesday morning, Tulsa Public Schools officials held a ribbon-cutting for the newly renamed John Hope Franklin Elementary School.

Superintendent Deborah Gist, along with the school's principal, Kelley Blakney, and other guests, spoke at the event.

It started at 10 a.m. in front of the school located at 5402 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tulsa.

The school was consolidated after the board of education approved to merge Gilcrease Elementary and Bunche Early Childhood Development Center. All pre-K through fifth graders will move into the former childhood center. The board also voted to rename the new school John Hope Franklin.

Superintendent Gist said both buildings were underutilized and the move would save the district money. Also, she said the former childhood center has been recently renovated, so it would be a more appropriate location for young kids.

There are currently no future plans for the Gilcrease Elementary building.

The first day of classes is Aug. 21.

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