Changes in Tulsa School calendar for the upcoming school year

Tuesday, July 2nd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Public School students get two additional weeks of summer vacation. In a cost cutting move, the district’s school board Monday pushed back the start of school until September 3rd. That move will save the district around $200,000.

But how will this affect kids once they're back in school? News on Six reporter Patrina Adger takes a look at the new school calendar.

School starts the day after Labor Day and ends the first part of June. One school official says the school district will save money on utilities like air conditioning and lighting plus savings on bus transportation. It will also delay the opening of the cafeterias in each of the district’s schools, saving the district money on food.

As far as the new schedule affecting school activities and breaks the cuts will not affect the athletic schedule. Students will still have a two-week winter break from December 23rd to January 3rd and a week for Spring Break from March 17th to the 21st.

School officials say first semester finals will be affected. Students will take their first semester finals after Christmas instead of before. In addition, graduation will be pushed back from May to early June.

Officials are working to retool the new schedule and could have all the dates in place as early as next Monday.