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TPS tackles implementation of Project Schoolhouse

Published 5/27/2011




Tulsa Public Schools


Chris Payne


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Tulsa Public Schools was successful in its quest to get Board of Education approval on the Project Schoolhouse recommendations, but now the really tough work begins: implementation of the plan at the school level.

Project Schoolhouse, which was adopted by the board on May 2, calls for the closure of 11 schools across the district, including Addams, Alcott, Barnard, Cherokee, Chouteau, Grimes, Roosevelt and Sandburg elementary schools; Cleveland and Wilson middle schools; and Fulton Teaching Academy, which primarily houses professional development, among other functions. Some school programs will transition to new sites (for instance, the relocation of Zarrow International School to the Phillips Elementary School site). Additionally, the plan calls for the creation of an early college program at the newly-named Will Rogers College High School, as well as converting schools to accommodate new grade configurations.

"It is no small task to close and reconfigure schools, reassign teachers and staff, and relocate resources like books, computers and supplies to new facilities," said Millard House, Associate Superintendent of Elementary and Middle Schools for TPS. "This will be a Herculean feat, but the administrative staff at TPS is engaged in the process and will do everything in our power to ensure that we are ready for all students in the fall."

The implementation activities currently underway include:

  • Staff allocations and 2011-12 site budgets are in the process of being updated based on the most recent enrollment forecasts
  • All fixed assets at schools targeted for closure have been inventoried
  • Student Activity Funds from closed sites will be redistributed to receiving schools on a per-pupil basis based on actual enrollment at the start of the new school year
  • Moving arrangements have been finalized, with all teachers asked to take home personal items. Instructional materials, fixed assets and all other items will be sorted and boxed by non-teacher personnel. Resources will be pooled and redistributed, with principals submitting requisitions for materials and supplies after all personnel have been assigned to new schools. The moving process is expected to take place beginning Wednesday, June 8
  • Preparations are already underway to ensure the smooth transition of student data from a pupil's current school to the school they are expected to attend during the 2011-12 school year
  • Library media moves are occurring at this time and will continue until all libraries are relocated and equipped
  • Moves from closing middle schools to 7th-8th grade reconfigurations at new buildings will occur as "clean moves," from closing site to new site





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