Tulsa Public Schools to reduce spending after budget cuts

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 14, 2016 at 1:01 p.m.



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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa Public Schools announced that it has reduced spending for the 2015-16 school year to make up for $2.1 million in budget cuts.

The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1mYGwLK ) reports the district noted Wednesday that this is just the first round of spending reduction since another round of statewide budget cuts is expected next month.

The Oklahoma Board of Education enacted $47 million in cuts to public education last week.

The total cut in funds to the Tulsa school district comes from cuts in several areas such as a $1.2 million cut in state aid, about $751,000 in the Flexible Benefits Allowance fund, and $47,000 in alternative education.

"This $2.1 million reduction in the district's budget is significant for Tulsa Public Schools, but we have been able to manage it so far by being strategic in choosing where we make cuts," Gist said.

The school district has reduced spending in several areas to cover lost funds, including $900,000 in worker's compensation savings and about $501,000 in savings from a limited hiring freeze.

School district superintendent Deborah Gist said that she is encouraging all district staff to minimize expenses, and that Tulsa Public Schools will continue to make adjustments as needed.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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