Tulsa Public Schools Facing Budget Shortfall

Thursday, August 31st 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Public Schools says it's possible that the district could experience a $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 shortfall in this year's budget. As a result, superintendent of schools Dr. David Sawyer has ordered a 90-day hiring freeze for most administrative positions and a ten percent cut in every department except personnel.

The district says state money for the year didn't keep pace with growth in the district. Public information officer John Hamill stressed that cuts will not affect teachers or any other services directly affecting students.
It’s the administration that will feel the hit of the budget cut. "Basically this administration building is going to be cut ten percent,” he said. “There will not be a ten percent cut at McClure or at Lee. There will not be ten percent cuts at schools.”

Also in school news, the district and the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association have reached tentative agreement on a new contract. Details haven't been released.