EDMOND — The 2010-11 school year will bring several changes for students and teachers in Edmond Public Schools. Elementary students will get a taste of the changes on the first day of school. District officials plan to expand a pilot program started at Cross Timbers Elementary to all elementary schools this year.
Last year, the Cross Timbers community was the site for a pilot food program that aims to serve healthier meals and increase the number of breakfast and lunch participants. The program was hailed as a success by school officials. Associate Superintendent Bret Towne said the number of adults eating at the school has risen by 256 percent. Student participation has increased by 15 percent. Towne credited the increased participation to the fresher food, which is prepared on site instead of being a reheated, prepackaged meal. District officials also plan to continue their efforts to keep up with the district’s growth. In the 2009-10 school year, the district added 476 students, pushing total enrollment to 20,784. To stay ahead, school officials plan to expand eight schools. Among those are Centennial, Clegern, Cross Timbers, Ida Freeman, West Field and Will Rogers elementary schools. Randy Decker, the district’s director of personnel, said most of the growth is on the district’s west and north sides.