School closings delayed

By Michael Bratcher Published: February 8, 2005
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Four schools originally set to close under the Oklahoma City School District's MAPS for Kids plan could remain open, district officials said Monday night.

District Planning Director George Kimball told school board members changing student populations may cause Arthur, Hayes, Rockwood and Spencer elementaries to remain open.

The original Metropolitan Area Public Schools for Kids plan, which earmarked about $512 million to rebuild or renovate district schools, called for those four schools to close.

Kimball, though, said the plan passed by voters in November 2001 didn't account for population surges in the city's south side or the loss of more than 2,800 students to charter schools.

During his board presentation, Kimball said student enrollment predictions through 2010 show enrollment at most northeast schools will be well below capacity, while south Oklahoma City schools will be too crowded.

The district will host six community meetings next week.


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MAPS for Kids

Six community meetings are scheduled to seek residents' input about proposed changes to the MAPS for Kids plan:

Douglass feeder pattern, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Douglass High School, 900 Martin Luther King Ave.

John Marshall feeder pattern, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15, John Marshall High School, 9017 N University Ave.

U.S. Grant feeder pattern, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, U.S. Grant High School, 5016 S Pennsylvania Ave.

Capitol Hill feeder pattern, 5 p.m. Feb. 16, Southeast High School, 5401 Shields Blvd.

Star Spencer feeder pattern, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 17, Star Spencer High School, 3001 Spencer Road, Spencer.

Northwest Classen feeder pattern, 7 p.m., Feb. 17, Northwest Classen High School, 2801 NW 27.

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