The Board of Education wants to hear from you as we work on the redistricting process!
To ensure that every Tulsan is appropriately represented by the Tulsa Board of Education, state law requires that school districts complete a redistricting process every decade after the completion of the United States Census. During this process, board district boundaries are revised and redrawn based on population. (You can find more information about the process below.)
The Board is currently considering two potential maps that were developed based on community feedback:
Physical copies of these maps and supporting documents will be available at the Education Service Center (3027 S. New Haven Avenue) and Parent Resource Center (525 E. 46th Street N.) starting 10 a.m. on November 15.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. the Board of Education will hold a meeting for the public to give feedback on these map options and will include a possible vote regarding redistricting. The meeting will be held in the Cheryl Selman Room of the Education Service Center. Those wanting to speak during public comment can sign up until Wednesday at 4 p.m. online here or in person until 5:25 p.m. If you are not able to attend this meeting, you can also share your feedback by emailing your board member. Visit www.tulsaschools.org/board and click on “Meet the Board” to find their contact information.
Thank you for being part of the redistricting process.
What changes happen during the redistricting process?
It is important to know that the redistricting process does not change student attendance boundaries or school district boundaries.
For Tulsa voters, the redistricting process only affects which board member represents you based on your home address.
For Tulsa schools, the redistricting process only affects which board member represents the board district in which the school is located.
How are proposed changes to board district boundaries developed?
Proposed boundary changes are developed through a partnership with Indian Nations Council of Governments, and the process is led by an ad hoc committee of board members. There are a number of considerations to account for in this redistricting process, and any proposed boundary revisions are designed around the following criteria:
The difference in population sizes between the largest and smallest board districts cannot be more than 10%;
Boundaries must be drawn based on clearly visible and definable physical features (such as streets or rivers);
Boundaries should - as much as possible - align with city precinct boundaries;
Boundaries must meet all requirements of the Voting Rights Act.
Additionally, the redistricting process prioritizes:
Minimizing district changes and maintaining the core of existing districts;
Including at least one high school in each board district; and
Ensuring that current board members remain in the districts they represent.
How can Tulsans be involved in the redistricting process?
We are asking Tulsans to review the proposed district maps and share their feedback using this survey. This survey will be open until Friday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m. Beyond this date, you may email your board member directly to share feedback.
There will also be opportunities for members of the public to provide comments on the proposed board district boundaries:
Monday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m. - Education Service Center, Selman room
Monday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Special meeting of the Board
Monday, November 7, 2022 p.m. Regular meeting of the Board
Events determined by individual board members within their district
Further feedback sessions are to be scheduled, as needed
After the closure of the survey and public comment opportunities, an ad hoc committee led by President Stacey Woolley and including Board Members John Croisant and Jennettie Marshall will use these comments to inform a final recommendation. This recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education before the end of the 2022 calendar year.
*This process was slightly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.