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Tulsa Public Schools to reveal budget redesign plan for 2020-2021 school year at community meetings

Posted at 7:03 AM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 08:03:33-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) is planning to reveal its budget redesign plan for 2020-2021 school year at four community meetings this week.

For the past several months, district officials have been identifying ways to prevent a $20 million deficit, while providing the best services and education to students.

Part of that plan was announced last week when Superintendent Deborah Gist sent a parent to TPS parents notifying them of the potential closure of four elementary schools.

Many parents reacted negatively to the news, expressing concern for the emotional health of their children who would have to move to different schools.

Back in September and October, the school district held more than two dozen community meetings and an online survey to receive feedback from the community.

The responses showed the most valued services for parents, teachers and students are teacher compensation and class sizes. The community does not want to see an increase in class sizes and student per teacher ratio.

Their top choices for budget reduction included changing the bell times and reducing teacher leadership roles. For the community feedback report, click here.

Here's a complete list of the four community meetings being held this week:

  • Monday, December 9, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the McLain High School Fieldhouse.
  • Tuesday, December 10, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Memorial High School gymnasium.
  • Wednesday, December 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the East Central School gymnasium.
  • Thursday, December 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Webster High School Allen Fieldhouse.

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