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City public school district given extra $1M gift

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The Oklahoma City Public School District has received more than $1 million from the state Commissioners of the Land Office.

The office distributed more than $24 million to Oklahoma school districts and higher-education institutions as a result of House Bill 3026, which allows the commissioners to distribute lease bonus money to school districts and colleges statewide.

"The additional million dollars caused us to be able to save 30 teaching positions within the district," said Karl Springer, OKCPS superintendent.

The office has distributed more than $115 million to districts and colleges for fiscal year 2010, which is a record amount for the office.

 "This wasn't a budget-year decision. It is a long-term change in the way the trust handles money," said Mike Hunter, secretary of the office."I believe we must help the students both now and in the future."

photo Mike Hunter, secretary of state Commissioners of the Land Office.

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