New start times lead to heated Tulsa School board meeting

Tuesday, August 2nd 2005, 5:30 am
By: News On 6

Controversy continues over the new Tulsa Public Schools start times. The school board recently approved changes requiring elementary school students to report for class at 8 AM. Middle and high school students begin at 8:45 AM.

Opponents collected signatures against the new times and took their case to the school board Monday night. Superintendent Doctor David Sawyer opened the meeting with a 15 minute explanation for the change.

Then parents took the floor and voiced concerns. Opponent of the time change: "And, can you very well go home knowing you are serving your constituents and representing us to the best of your ability? And I don't think you can say that you can because I for one feel like I was not represented at all and it sounds like there are a lot of people that have not been represented. Thank You."

The meeting ended with no change in the start times. Doctor Sawyer says it will take three board members to request a special meeting on the issue. Opponents say they are not giving up.

That's not all the Tulsa School Board decided Monday night. It has set a November 8th election date for a $160-million school bond.

That money would go towards new and improved facilities, updating libraries, textbooks and technology and transportation. Voters approved the last school bond 3 years ago.