The Oklahoma State Department of Education on Wednesday notified school districts across the state that yet another shortfall in state revenue collections will likely cause their budgets for the current year to suffer.
The Common Education Technology Revolving Fund, one of six sources of revenue that are combined to provide schools with state aid, has only received $26.5 million with two more months left in the fiscal year.
That is $20 million, or 44 percent, shy of the $47.4 million expected.
Education officials told school districts they need to prepare to have their final state aid payments for the 2016 fiscal year ending June 30 shorted by $13 million to $17 million.
Tulsa Superintendent Deborah Gist said her district has been notified that its share of this latest cut is $800,000 to $1.05 million.
At the beginning of a special board meeting Wednesday evening, she announced the news and said she hopes people understand the magnitude of the state funding reductions to public schools.
“This is an incredibly difficult time for all of us, for Oklahoma, for Tulsa, for Tulsans. We’re making the best we can out of an incredibly difficult situation,” Gist said. “These are historic cuts to education — we really need to emphasize that.”
According to information from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, other Tulsa-area school districts were notified of projected losses as follows:
Broken Arrow: $345,900 to $449,600;
Berryhill: $21,500 to $28,000;
Bixby: $105,200 to $136,800
Claremore: $74,000 to $96,100
Collinsville: $46,800 to $60,800
Glenpool: $50,100 to $65,100
Jenks: $215,000 to $279,500
Owasso: $167,900 to $218,200
Sand Springs: $99,000 to $128,600
Sapulpa: $76,600 to $99,500
Skiatook: $45,500 to $59,200
Sperry: $22,800 to $29,700
Union: $306,000 to $397,800