Resources for Potential Changes in 2020-2021
As we work to shape a viable and sustainable future for our district, we have identified some possible changes to our family of schools that could result in grade reconfigurations, school closures, and consolidations of school communities. One of these potential changes includes the consolidation of Mark Twain Elementary School and Wayman Tisdale Fine arts academy Pre-K - 5th grades into the Tisdale building. Rising 6th and 7th grade students from Mark Twain and Wayman Tisdale would attend Central Middle School.
These are extraordinarily difficult decisions to make, and we put a great deal of thought and care into our analysis of all district schools. We considered a number of factors as we developed these recommendations, including historical, current, and projected enrollment; current programmatic offerings; building utilization rates; building condition and design; needs of the surrounding community; and access to other district schools.
Mark Twain’s enrollment is just over 300 students, and the building is at a 54% utilization rate. Mark Twain and Wayman Tisdale are just under a mile apart, both schools are under-enrolled, and Tisdale is a larger building that can better support the larger consolidated school communities and allow for enrollment growth over the coming years.
It is important to know that no decisions have been made at this point. We anticipate that the Tulsa Board of Education would consider any potential changes in January 2020. As part of the Board’s consideration of any proposed changes for the 2020-2021 school year, there will be opportunities for community members to share their feedback with Board members. You can find information about speaking to the Board, meeting dates, and agendas at www.tulsaschools.org/board.
If the consolidation is approved, all students and families will have an extended enrollment period and will have the option to submit an application for up to six schools. The enrollment window will remain open up to 7 additional days, including weekend day support. Families will use the existing enrollment system at enroll.tulsaschools.org. The enrollment team will do outreach to all families to ensure they are supported. Our enrollment team will be available to provide up to two days of on-site enrollment support for students and families. Students and families can attend our Enrollment Expo on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Cox Business Center and learn about all of our schools. Students and families will also be invited to attend “Open House” events at their new neighborhood schools in the early spring of 2020. Families can also contact their new neighborhood school directly to schedule a visit to learn more about the school.
Mark Twain Elementary
541 S. 43 W. Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74127
Parent Meeting Presentation
December and early January
- Meetings with staff and families potentially affected by closures and consolidations
- Meetings with families potentially affected by grade configuration changes
- Superintendent presents recommendations to the Board of Education for consideration
- Superintendent presents recommendations to the Board of Education for Action
If the recommendations are approved by the Board of Education:
January - March
- Meetings with teachers and staff potentially affected by closures and consolidations
- Meetings with families potentially affected by closures and consolidations
March - June
- District and school teams plan for and begin implementation
- Changes would take effect