Tulsa public schools to spend $6.2 million to maintain staff levels

The Associated Press and The Tulsa World - July 9, 2018 10:03 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The Tulsa Public Schools system will spend $6.2 million in reserve funds to offset declining state aid and keeping staff levels relatively unchanged.

The Tulsa World reported Sunday that early estimates for the 2019-20 school year show even more of a decline in state aid – $7 million.

Education officials say TPS enrollment is expected to decline from 37,433 to 36,393 students. State aid calculations allow districts to use enrollment data from the current or past two years, whichever is higher.

Superintendent Deborah Gist, after board approval of the budget, said spending reserve funds was a responsible thing to do to keep stability in schools and prevent further staff cuts.

Gist has advocated for districts to have less restricted local funding sources, potentially freeing up more money for teacher salaries.

 

Latest Stories

Legislative Update With Senator Bill Coleman

An update from last week. Session will get underway Monday — Our first major deadline is...

As James nears record, Tuesday’s Lakers-Thunder game moved to TNT

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has further adjusted the schedule of nationally televised games with...

Oklahoma AG apologizes for cabinet secretary’s indictment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s new attorney general has apologized to one of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s...