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TPS to host ‘Neighborhood Connection’ forum to discuss sale of the former Roosevelt, Chouteau and Pershing buildings

posted Sep 22, 2011, 8:20 PM by David Moore   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 10:35 AM by Spencer Hellman ]
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools has announced it will host a Neighborhood Connection meeting to open dialogue with the community regarding the sale of the former Roosevelt, Chouteau and Pershing properties. The meeting is open to TPS parents, students and the community at large and will take place Thursday, September 29, from 6-7 p.m., in the cafeteria of Central High School, 3101 W. Edison St., in Tulsa. Roosevelt, at 1202 W. Easton, and Chouteau at 575 N. 39th W. Ave., are among the seven properties that have been declared surplus as a result of the Project Schoolhouse initiative. Pershing, at 1903 W. Easton St., is vacant and was not part of the recent school closings. Proceeds from the sale of these properties will add to the projected $5.6 million in savings from Project Schoolhouse and will help the district weather state cuts to educational funding. “It remains a high priority that we engage the community in dialogue as we continue to look at the potential sale of these buildings,” said Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent. “TPS has long had a stake in the neighborhoods surrounding Roosevelt, ‘old’ Chouteau and Pershing, so as we weigh bids we want to ensure that the potential buyer is a good fit with the neighborhood.” Trish Williams, TPS chief financial officer, and Millard House, deputy superintendent, will represent TPS at the September 29 forum. They will explain the bidding process as mandated by state law and the general category of prospective buyers that are participating in the bid process for the three properties. They will learn the public’s wishes through the discussion and will answer questions. Consultant Chuck Jackson will serve as facilitator of the forum. Fourteen schools, in all, were targeted for closure as a result of the Project Schoolhouse initiative. To date, seven of the buildings have been declared surplus by the TPS school board, including: Addams, Barnard, Cherokee, Chouteau, Roosevelt and Sandburg elementary schools and Wilson Middle School. Pershing was not part of the Project Schoolhouse closures. For additional information about Tulsa Public Schools, please visit the TPS website,