Voters within the Tulsa Public Schools district will go to the polls on May 14th to vote on a $38 million bond issue devoted to classroom technology as well as safety and security. Looking at facilities across the span of the district, we find that some schools have a student-to-computer ratio of 3:1, while in other schools that ratio is as high as 13:1. This bond will address those disparities, and will also provide funds for sprinkler systems within TPS's oldest schools as well as additional security at various entrances and exits. Our guest today is Dr.
Ground is broken today on a new sports complex for Memorial High School.
It’s the first new construction in a long time at Memorial. The complex, called Veterans Arena, will include a 12-hundred seat gym for basketball, volleyball, and wrestling. Public Schools Athletic Director Gil Cloud says there’s also room to accommodate all the boys and girls sports now offered. And he says it will be a community facility, that people in the Memorial area can use it for a variety of events…not just sporting events.
Oklahoma School Superintendents go to Oklahoma City to voice their displeasure with the new A-through-F School grading system. Among them, is Tulsa’s Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard. He says the system is unfair and confusing.
For example, he says most people consider an “A” to be anything between 90-and-100-percent. But under this system, Ballard says a school would have to achieve a minimum grade point average of three-point-75 to get an “A”.
School Superintendents from 81 school districts in the state took part in today's gathering.
School bells are ringing in the Tulsa Public Schools. This is the first day of classes in the state's largest school district.
Tulsa School Board President Gary Percefull says, despite the financial challenges, he is expecting a good school year ahead. He says the community is supporting the school district and its educators. The district has lost millions of dollars in state cut backs.
Tulsa Police are also watching the school zones for speeders and those that do not yield to school buses.
Tulsa public schools get a 195-thousand dollar grant from PSO to boost a program helping students who live in poverty conditions. The money supports the Community Schools Initiative. Lucky Lamons is President of the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. He says the program incorporates several elements of the community into the education of children, and can help those in difficult circumstances learn as well as improve their test scores.
Some of the funds will help expand literacy programs. The donation was made at the Schools Uniting Communities conference today at OSU-Tulsa.
Tulsa Public Schools’ Deputy Superintendent Millard L. House II has accepted an offer to become the Chief Operating Officer of Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) district is one of the nation’s largest school districts, located in the Charlotte, North Carolina, region and serves more than 141,100 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in 159 schools throughout the cities and towns of Mecklenburg County.