The Tulsa Public Schools board unanimously voted to approve a contract with the next superintendent.
TPS elected Dr. Deborah Gist as the next superintendent, replacing Dr. Keith Ballard.
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Wednesday, the board vote 6-0 to approve a three-year contract starting July 1, 2015 with a base pay of $235,00 plus benefits.
TPS Board President, Dr. Lana Turner-Addison said in a statement, “We are pleased to have finalized the superintendent employment contract with Dr. Deborah Gist. We feel very confident that we have identified the best person for the job and one who will be a strong follow-up to Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard.”
In a release, TPS said:
In a statement, Gist said:
“It is wonderful news that the board approved the contract tonight. I am enthusiastic to get started as the superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools on July 1. I have enjoyed getting to know the TPS board and talking about our hopes, dreams and aspirations for the students and teachers of Tulsa Public Schools. Dr. Ballard and the board have put this district on a successful path. A lot of work remains, but it is joyful and important work we will do together.
Also decided at Wednesday night's meeting, the old Whittier Elementary site will soon house an apartment complex for seniors.
The Tulsa Public Schools board voted to sell the land at Admiral and Lewis to the developer.
QuikTrip also bid on the land but withdrew, leaving just one interested party.
Most neighbors at a community meeting Tuesday night said they wanted the land sold to the senior apartment developer.