October 2017

Despite shortfall, Gist is still on top in state salaries


Despite a state budget crunch, the Tulsa School Board has renewed the contract of Superintendent Deborah Gist, who remains the highest paid common education official in Oklahoma. Only one board member, Jennettie Marshall, voted against the three-year extension, and asked when classroom teachers would get a raise. Under the contract extension, Gist’s base salary will […]

More grant money for education


The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has been awarded a $2.3 million, five-year grant to identify, serve and support gifted and talented students with disabilities and those from minority and foreign-language speaking populations. The Oklahoma Young Scholars Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will affect nearly 6,000 elementary school students in four […]

Teacher of the year nominations


TPS is accepting nominations for the 2017 district teacher of the year. “The 2017 Tulsa Teacher of the Year will be someone who works tirelessly to ensure that Tulsa students engage in their education, own their learning, and feel accepted and supported in our schools,” said Gist. “We are looking for a dedicated educator who […]

Federal Mandate: OK gets another REAL ID extension


The Department of Homeland Security has notified Oklahoma that the state’s extension of federal REAL ID exemption has been changed to October 10, 2018. This means that Oklahomans can still use their drivers’ licenses and ID cards for air travel and entry into federal facilities without having to have a passport. Oklahoma Department of Public […]

Rhema Christmas lights will turn on at 6 p.m. November 22


More than two million lights are scheduled to be a part of the 2017 Rhema Christmas event, starting at 6 p.m. November 22. Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow hosts the annual event, which continues each night from 5:30-11:30 p.m. through January 1. The light display includes horse-and-buggy rides, hot chocolate, hot dogs and more. […]

Fallin disappoints budget chairman


Oklahoma House Appropriations and Budget Chairman Kevin Wallace said he is disappointed that Gov. Mary Fallin has notified three state agencies that they will begin receiving reduced monthly appropriations. Fallin announced on Facebook this month that the Office of Management and Enterprise Services has sent letters to three agencies – the Department of Mental Health […]

State Fair attendance fell in 2017


Attendance for the Tulsa State Fair dropped this year. Last year, about 1.2 million attended the annual event but that figured fell by about 50,000 in 2017. Officials blamed two days of rain for the drop. This year, fair officials switched companies, hiring North American Midway Entertainment to handle the fair’s midway.

Bill Wise book: ‘It Started in August’


Retired Broken Arrow educator Bill Wise has written a new novel, It Started in August. Wise retired after teaching science at Broken Arrow Public School for several decades. He is now a part-time professor at Tulsa Community College. It Started in August is the story of two young, small-town boys who go to a nearby […]

Thompson named adjutant general


Governor Mary Fallin named Assistant Adjutant Brig. Gen. Michael C. Thompson to serve as Oklahoma’s adjutant general. His appointment takes effect Nov. 15. Thompson currently serves as Oklahoma’s secretary of safety and security and as commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Thompson will be the first African-American to serve as the Oklahoma National Guard […]

November 12 concert is cancelled


Due to the unexpected cancellation of an appearance by the Fort Sill 77th Army Band, the Military History Center in Broken Arrow has cancelled the November 12 Salute to Veterans concert. Keith H. Browne said the center plans to hold a similar concert in 2018.