Even in tough times, good things are happening in Tulsa Public Schools. That's the word from Superintendent David Sawyer, who gave his State of the Schools address Tuesday night.
With another state budget shortfall on the horizon, Doctor Sawyer tried to balance a gloomy financial forecast. Tulsa Public Schools has weathered $17-million in cuts over the past year.
And Sawyer credits the generosity of the city and Tulsa Philanthropist Henry Zarrow for pulling the district through the financial storm. â€œOne thing we can be confident about however as demonstrated by the Zarrow challenge. TPS will enjoy unprecedented support and encouragement in the face of tough financial circumstances."
The Zarrow million-dollar challenge currently stands at $824,000. Sawyer says if the money becomes available, he'll recommend some cost-saving measures be restored.
At the top of the list, furlough days for 12-month employees and the $400,000 cut from each school site.