MOORE — With enrollment growth expected to be more than double that of recent years in the state's third-largest school district, six schools have new classrooms for the coming year.
The Moore School District has been growing at a rate of about 450 students a year, but 966 new students enrolled this summer, Superintendent Susan Pierce said.
Pierce projects a districtwide enrollment of 23,000 students when classes begin Thursday. Last year's enrollment on the first day of school was 22,137. A firm enrollment figure will be available after Labor Day, Pierce said.
Of the students who enrolled this summer, “we don't know how many will drop and go to other districts,” Pierce said.
Pierce attributes the district's growth to its good reputation. “We have a great school district. It's very competitive in most of the ways that are important to parents.”
Moore, Westmoore and Southmoore high schools have new classrooms, as do Broadmoore, Houchin and Wayland Bonds elementary schools. Houchin also has a new media center.
The school board has acquired land for two new elementary schools and an additional junior high, in anticipation of future growth.
The district will seek funding later if the new campuses are needed, she said.
New at Moore High
Several changes will be evident this fall at Moore High School, which opened at 300 N Eastern in 1968.
For the first time, the school will have an auditorium on the first day of school. A $12.5 million, 900-seat Performing Arts Center, which includes classrooms for band, choir and speech, opened in April and was available for use at the end of last school year.
The football stadium at Moore High School, which is shared by the district's three high schools, has been undergoing improvements over the past several years, Pierce said.
New artificial turf is being installed on a practice field this year.
Other improvements planned this year are the replacement of stadium seating on the north side of the football field and renovation of the press box. Cost for the seating and press box projects is estimated at $2 million, said Jeff Horn, assistant superintendent of operations.
Moore High School's indoor swimming pool, which is “in disrepair,” will remain closed, Pierce said. The district is awaiting engineers' reports on possible repairs, she said.