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Tulsa school board president receives state honor

Tulsa school board president receives state honor

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Tulsa school board President Lana Turner-Addison is among five school board members from across the state named to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association’s 2016 All-State School Board.

The honorary board members are selected for outstanding local and state service. Turner-Addison, a Tulsa Public Schools graduate and parent, joined the local board in 2005.

“Dr. Turner-Addison is unmatched in her commitment to equity for Tulsa kids. She leads with an insistence that we consider those who have been left out of the equation for so long,” wrote Tulsa school board Vice President Suzanne Schreiber, in her nomination. “She does this work with inspiring persistence, and we are all the better for it.”

The All-State School Board honorees will be recognized Aug. 27 in Oklahoma City at the annual joint conference of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration.

Other recipients of the honor are Kevin Clark, Stillwater; Beverly Felton, Little Axe; Chad Fulton, Mustang; and Brett Ramsey, Jones. Nominations can be made by superintendents or other local board members, and winners are selected by a committee of the OSSBA board of directors. Each winner receives $400 for their district to spend on instructional materials.

OSSBA noted that Turner-Addison was on the board when TPS passed a record-setting $415 million bond issue and approved a comprehensive strategic plan in 2015, and then in the first half of 2016 helped the district and its community navigate deep state funding cuts for public schools.

“Dr. Turner-Addison is vigilant in ensuring that we are responsible stewards of every public dollar at our disposal, and that every investment we make is one that will benefit children and teachers in the classroom,” said TPS Superintendent Deborah Gist. “As a first-year superintendent, I can think of no one I would rather have by my side as we’ve navigated Oklahoma’s historic budget shortfall.”

Andrea Eger 918-581-8470

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I'm a projects reporter, examining key education topics and other local issues. Since joining the Tulsa World in 1999, I have been a three-time winner of Oklahoma’s top award for investigative reporting by an individual. Phone: 918-581-8470

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