TULSA Schools reassigning teachers because of teacher-student ratios

Wednesday, August 29th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Some Tulsa Public School teachers may be reassigned next week as the district makes adjustments to its teacher-student mix.

Schools are taking a student head count this week to see how it matches up with enrollment forecasts. Some may be staff heavy or light, so the district will have to reassign some teachers accordingly.

Ideally, teachers volunteer to make changes. Tulsa Public Schools administrator, Bill Naftzger: "But also there are times when you're just going to have to, because of the schools needs, trim a teacher who doesn't necessarily want to go, in which case they're going to place them where they'll best fit the needs of the openings that they've got." Tulsa Public Schools has 57 teacher vacancies, nearly half of those in special education.

The district expects to notify teachers of reassignment by Friday. No word yet on how many will be affected.