Tulsa, OK – This is election day in Tulsa. Patrons of the Tulsa Public Schools are going to the polls to decide the fate of $354,000,000 in school bonds. The bonds would be used for buses, books and buildings.
The bonds would replace expiring bonds and would not result in a tax increase. However, if the bonds fail, taxes would go down.
ALVA, Okla. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Missouri Gas Energy of a tax bill it received for stored natural gas in Oklahoma.
The Kansas City, Mo.-based company had appealed the decision by Woods County Assessor Monica Schmidt to tax the gas stored in natural caverns in Woods County. The court on Monday declined to hear the company's appeal.
Skiatook, OK – SKIATOOK, Okla. (AP) The Skiatook school board has suspended Superintendent Gary Johnson following a highly critical state audit.
The board voted 5-0 following a 90 minute executive session Tuesday night to suspend Johnson with pay indefinitely.
The suspension comes a week after a state audit said the district overpaid more than a half million dollars on for custodial supplies and security equipment. The audit said the district overpaid nearly $570,000 by buying through a middleman rather than buying directly.
Washington, D.C. – WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court has declined to get involved in a new dispute over a Ten Commandments display on public property.
The justices on Monday left in place a lower court decision that a Ten Commandments marker in Haskell County, Okla., must go.
The 8-foot-tall stone monument has been on the county courthouse lawn in Stigler, Okla., since 2004. A federal appeals court ruled last year that it amounts to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by the county commission.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Low-achieving Okla. schools could get grant money
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) If they meet requirements, the lowest performing schools in Oklahoma could receive up to $2 million each as part of a federal grant program.
The program is designated for the "persistently lowest achieving" schools. Assistant state superintendent Cindy Koss says the program could mean as much as $33 million for Oklahoma schools and that 35 state schools meet the federal definition of lowest-performing schools.
Sand Springs, OK – SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) After being closed for more than two decades, the former Hissom Memorial Center in Sand Springs should soon be demolished. Officials say demolition work on the facility that once housed people with developmental disabilities will begin this summer and should last about three months. The work will cost about $3 million. The 150-acre site contains about 40 buildings that will be razed
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com