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Oklahoma City School Board considers community school for Edgemere Elementary

Program at Edgemere Elementary in northwest Oklahoma City would include health care, art, science and early childhood learning.
by Tim Willert Published: February 5, 2014

The Oklahoma City School Board is considering a community school for Edgemere Elementary that would offer students and their parents additional services and support, including health care, before- and after-school art and science programs, and early childhood learning.

A spokeswoman for a support group backing the proposal told the board Monday night that community schools offer improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

“Our kids are coming to schools with so many needs and teachers just don't have the resources to address all of those needs,” Kelly Pearson said on behalf of Friends of Edgemere. The school is at 3200 N Walker Ave.

“The long-term hope is that we turn this school around and make it a school that everyone wants to send their kids to,” Pearson said.

Community partners are lining up to offer programs and services, which would include an on-site clinic and early childhood care and learning, at reduced prices. The cost to the district would be $50,000, not including a full-time district employee, Pearson said.

Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez said the pilot program could be implemented at other schools.

The board is expected to take action on the proposal at the Feb. 17 meeting.

In other action, the board approved spending nearly $1.1 million to implement the same professional development plan credited with the academic revival of U.S. Grant High School to train teachers and administrators at 18 middle schools and high schools beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

The plan, administered by Solution Tree, would include 180 days of services that include administrative coaching, teacher-leader training, on-site workshops and instructional modeling and observation.

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 in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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