Tulsa Superintendent: Cost-Saving Recommendations Ready By May

Tuesday, March 28th 2017, 11:21 am
By: Emory Bryan

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist told parent leaders Tuesday that cost saving recommendations will go to the school board no later than May, with changes in the fall; even if that includes school closings.  

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Gist said the district is still targeting $12 million in savings, though clear guidance has not come from the state legislature.

Gist said furlough days are an option to pare down costs, and that each furlough day would save almost $1 million.  A furlough would mean the entire district would be closed and staff would not be paid.

"Everything is on the table" said Dr. Gist, who noted TPS exceeds the state required minimum for days in class, with 173, though most states require 180 days.  

"We are destroying our economy" by undermining funding for education," said Dr. Deborah Gist.

Gist spoke Tuesday to the Tulsa Council of PTA's, which includes a representative from each of the district's schools.