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Boundary changes proposed for crowded schools

Dozens of district schools would be targeted by the plan, which includes adding 22 portable buildings — the equivalent of 44 classrooms — and closing Jackson Middle School and reopening it as an elementary school.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm •  Published: February 18, 2014
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A plan to alleviate elementary school overcrowding by changing attendance boundaries could affect hundreds of children in the Oklahoma City district.

Dozens of district schools would be targeted by the plan, which includes adding 22 portable buildings — the equivalent of 44 classrooms — and closing Jackson Middle School and reopening it as an elementary school.

Most of the schools affected are on the city’s south side, which is experiencing sharp population increases in the Hispanic community.

“I’m not thrilled to death with any of it,” said Ron Millican, a board member whose district includes six schools affected by the proposed boundary changes. “But we do have to give them some relief. We don’t have enough classrooms in some of those buildings.”

Six portable buildings are being proposed for two other elementary schools in Millican’s district — Parmelee and Southern Hills.

District officials called the proposal, which is based on current and future enrollment projections, a “temporary solution.” Another bond issue to build new schools appears to be the only long-term fix.

Most southside schools were a part of the MAPS for Kids construction plan.

However, enrollment projections in the 2001 bond measure did not anticipate the large population growth that has occurred in the area, officials said.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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