The new budget for Tulsa Public Schools calls for spending $545 million in the next year. $295 million is for general education expenses, while the rest is for buildings, food service and debt payments.
The budget lays out the expected costs of everything from utilities to everyday supplies. The proposed contract for milk alone is $1.8 million. Supplies and maintenance for the district’s 700 printers are expected to cost $820,000. The PowerSchool information system, which teachers use to record grades and parents use to view them, will cost $198,000 next year.
Next year’s budget will also reflect a reduction in teachers and a restructuring of central office staff the district predicted would eliminate 172 existing jobs and create 66 new ones. The reduction of 106 employees was estimated to save $2.7 million.
Some existing employees are shifting into new jobs and receiving substantial pay raises or cuts.
On Monday night’s agenda, the largest raises are for an administrator in teacher training, moving from $71,000 to $95,000; and the director of teacher training is becoming general counsel and receiving a $27,000 raise, to $138,000 annually.
A data strategist is receiving a $9,000 reduction and the director of communications is taking a $24,000 reduction.
The Chief of Staff for the Superintendent, is becoming Deputy Superintendent and moving from $165,000 to $179,000. An instructional leadership director will become the Director of Student and Family Advocacy and will take an $11,000 pay cut.
The adjustments are part of the agenda for the meeting at 6:30 p.m.