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Lanier celebrates 90th anniversary with picnic



10/10/2015 , 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



1727 S. Harvard Ave.


Kathy Nowlin


To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Lanier Elementary, 1727 S. Harvard Ave., is hosting a picnic for alumni and current students from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Alumni, students and their families can tour the building, visit with old friends and teachers and enjoy some food.

More information can be found on our school website or on Facebook at



TPS board approves new agreement with TCTA

Updated 10/5/2015


10/5/2015 , to


Tulsa Public Schools


Chris Payne


The Tulsa Public Schools board of education voted to approve a new agreement for the 2015-16 school year with Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association at Monday's board meeting. This resulted in TPS teachers receiving a one-step increase on the salary schedule.

The average step increase is just under $600 annually and represents an average 1.5 percent of the employee's current salary. The new agreement requires the district to pay career increments as stipulated in the 2014-15 agreement and to add an additional step of $500 to the career end of each lane on the salary schedule.

Both parties also agreed to reopen negotiations within 30 days of Jan. 1, 2016 for the sole purpose of considering terms and payment of a one-time stipend for the full year 2015-16.

"Tulsa teachers are so deserving of a pay increase, and I really wish we could do more," said Deborah A. Gist, superintendent. "The financial constraints are so severe given current state funding levels that this is the best we can do at this time. I am thankful to the team for their hard work, and I am hopeful we will be able to do more in the future."

"We are pleased that we were able to have successful negotiations with TCTA," said Trish Williams, chief financial officer for TPS, "We held several meetings at the end of summer, and we were able to work through items of concern from both sides and come to agreement. We are pleased to recommend approval to the board."

"Negotiations are always cordial and friendly, and Trish Williams sets a great tone as the chief negotiator for the district, along with Linda Hendrix of Oklahoma Education Association," said Patti Ferguson-Palmer, TCTA president. "Going into negotiations, we did not have high hopes financially, given limited state funding, but we are pleased that Tulsa teachers are advancing with ratification of this agreement. We are pleased that the district has agreed to reopen negotiations in January 2016, if there is the possibility of additional funding."

Other items included updating language about teacher rebalancing and reassignment, as well as the new AESOP system that is replacing Subfinder, the program used by teachers to schedule a substitute teacher in their absence.






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