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Tip Sheet for the week including 3/21/2016


TPS deputy superintendent announces departure

Updated 3/25/2016


3/25/2016 , to



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Gil Cloud


Tulsa Public Schools today announced that Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce will step down from her position effective June 30, 2016. Dyce has decided to pursue some exciting new professional opportunities.

During her three years with Tulsa Public Schools, Dyce supported the expansion of the district's partnership with Communities in Schools, a leading national organization that works to provide comprehensive student supports. In addition, she played a key role in the establishment of the new Office of Student and Family Supports, which seeks to provide services that meet the developmental needs of students.

"We are deeply grateful to Dr. Dyce for her work on behalf of Tulsa teachers, students and families," said Superintendent Deborah A. Gist in a message to staff. "She has demonstrated a tireless commitment to equity in education, and to her belief that every child can reach our highest expectations."

"I have had some wonderful experiences at Tulsa Public Schools, and I am proud of my accomplishments during my tenure," Dyce said. "I'm excited by the district's bold new mission and vision, and I know that I'll continue to hear great things about the work taking place in Tulsa. At the same time, I'm eager to explore other professional avenues in the public education field. I wish the teachers, staff, students and families of this amazing community the very best."

A longtime educator, Dyce has worked in public education for over 26 years, and has served children and families in positions previously as teacher, principal, chief of staff and superintendent.

"Dr. Dyce has been an important part of the district leadership team at Tulsa Public Schools," said Board President Dr. Lana Turner-Addison, "and she will certainly be missed. We all wish her well as she moves on to her next role supporting children and families."

The district will work closely with Dyce over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.



TPS seeks community input on funding priorities

Updated 3/24/2016


3/24/2016 , to


Tulsa Public Schools


Chris Payne


As Tulsa Public Schools continues to manage mid-year state budget cuts of more than $4 million -- a reduction of seven percent -- the district leadership team is also preparing for expected 2016-2017 cuts of up to $20 million. As part of the decision-making process, Tulsa Public Schools has launched a city-wide survey to get feedback from Tulsans regarding their priority funding areas. The survey is available online at, and can be taken in English or in Spanish.

In addition to gathering feedback, the state budget survey will also help community members develop a better understanding of how the anticipated 2016-2017 reductions could change teaching and learning at Tulsa Public Schools. The survey includes real-life examples of some of the options that Tulsa Public Schools may have to consider to offset the funding gap.

"We will do everything possible to minimize the impact that these budget cuts could have in our classrooms," said Deborah A. Gist, superintendent. "However, given the magnitude of the cuts that we expect for the 2016-17 school year, it is unlikely we will be able to protect our students and teachers from feeling the effects. We are asking Tulsans to complete this survey to help us identify the priorities, interests and concerns of our community members. We remain committed to inspiring and preparing every student to love learning, achieve ambitious goals and make positive contributions to our world."

Among the questions on the survey, respondents are asked:

  • To rate their level of concern about state budget cuts of up to $20 million next year, in addition to the seven percent cuts that have already taken place;
  • How acceptable it is for the district to consider reducing (not eliminating) certain programs and services such as athletics, campus security/police; and central office services (such as payroll and benefits, student enrollment, bond projects, etc.);
  • To rank the most and least acceptable potential scenarios to manage the state funding shortfall in areas that include:
    • Reducing athletic expenditures such as coaching stipends;
    • Eliminating bus services, except as required by law for special education and homeless students;
    • Modifying bell times, i.e., making elementary schools start/end earlier and secondary later;
    • Reducing campus security and police expenditures;
    • Increasing class size by one, two, three or four students; or
    • Reducing fine arts, library services, student counseling or health services.
  • To complete an exercise where -- given specific dollar amounts of reductions in key areas -- respondents are asked to identify the areas where they would consider making cuts.

The survey is posted online at Responses are requested by 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 30.






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