Trimming $6-million at Tulsa Public Schools

Tuesday, June 18th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

There's a dilemma today for Tulsa Public Schools. The district is trying to balance a budget that's about $6-million in the hole.

And they're trying to do it without sacrificing quality in the classroom. The district is looking at everything, from consolidating bus routes, to sending some service center staff members who are certified teachers back into the classroom.

In addition, positions may be eliminated to save money. Tulsa School Superintendent, Dr David Sawyer: "We think we'll be able to protect the instructional environment to the degree that students and families probably wont see a whole heck of a lot of differences. We think the delivery of instruction is obviously our first priority."

Dr Sawyer says right now, cuts do not include layoffs. The positions being eliminated are already vacant.

School officials are also looking for $4-million in cuts to replenish the district's reserve fund.