Tulsa Public Schools postpones vote for potential layoffs

Tulsa School board tables budget cut vote

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public Schools held a board meeting Thursday night to decide the fate of nearly 200 positions in the district.

The agenda for the meeting said TPS Superintendent Deborah Gist is looking to eliminate a total of 174 positions -- and 110 of those would be gone as soon as July 1, 2020.

There’s a total of 232. There would be a net loss of 90 positions, only 77 are staffed.

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This is estimated to save $5 million. The rest of the estimated $13 million saved will come from non-personnel costs.

Sixty-four positions will be deleted only through attrition -- not lay-offs.

This meeting and the potential layoffs come in the wake of the ongoing effort by Tulsa Public Schools to cut $20 million from its upcoming budget.

The district is rationalizing its own budget cuts citing decades of state budget cuts, increasing expenses, and decreasing enrollment. They recently voted to close four Tulsa elementary schools.

A handful of community meetings were held in the fall for the district to get feedback on what they could do to cut back.

At the meeting Thursday, they decided to postpone the voting until Tuesday, Feb. 18.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.