TPS To Hold Meetings On School Closure Recommendations

Wednesday, December 18th 2019, 7:20 am
By: Erick Payne

Tulsa Public Schools will hold two more meetings to update families on plans to close four schools next year due to the budget deficit.

Parents and families at Mark Twain and Jones Elementary schools will meet Wednesday night.

Related Story: TPS Suggests Relocating Wright Elementary Students To Other Schools 

Families at Wright and Grimes met Tuesday night.

Tulsa Public Schools administrators are telling Wright families their children have the options to move to Patrick Henry Elementary or Elliot Elementary. TPS said Grimes students have the option to go to Key and Carnegie. 

The meeting at Wright Elementary was live-streamed on the Parent Teacher Association's Facebook page.

The district is trying to fix a nearly $20 million budget hole. They said closing Grimes, Jones, and Wright Elementary -- and consolidating Mark Twain into Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy -- could save $3 million.

Jones students have the option to go to Bell, Lindbergh or MacArthur. 

Another $3 million could also be saved by increasing class sizes by an average of one student.

The Tulsa Board of Education will vote on the proposal next month.

For information on the Jones Elementary meeting, click here.

For information on the Mark Twain Elementary, click here.