Tulsa, OK – The news is not good for the Tulsa Public Schools. State budget cuts are taking another slap at the Tulsa district. School Superintendent Doctor Keith Ballard says the December revenue check was far short of what had been anticipated. Doctor Ballard initially thought the shortfall would be $1.3 million, but now says the shortfall is $2.6 million.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce has a new chairman.
Arvest Bank CEO Don Walker took over the chairmanship during a luncheon gala at a south Tulsa hotel. He delivered a 15-minutes speech calling on the chamber to get back to the basics. He says that means economic development with new jobs and tax payers for Tulsa.
Tulsa, OK – The Transportation Advisory Board invites the citizens of Tulsa to attend public meetings in each of the nine City Council districts. This new board, which began meeting in April 2009, will introduce itself to the community through these meetings. The board would like to receive citizens' comments about transportation in the city of Tulsa. Citizens also can receive information about transportation capital improvement projects.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett has agreed to hold contract talks with the Tulsa Fire Fighters' Union. The mayor is scrambling to come up with budget cutting measures that do not include lay-offs. The Mayor says the Fire Department Union understands the city budget constraints and wants to talk about proposals to spare up to 135-fire fighter jobs.
The mayor, meanwhile, has not agreed to such talks with the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police. The police union compared the mayor to an extortionist during a recent news conference.