Western Heights School District completes grade reconfiguration

Western Heights School District in the Oklahoma City area will now have fifth- and sixth-graders in one building, and the district also has completed a new building for ninth-graders, along with several other improvements of existing buildings.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: August 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm •  Published: August 8, 2012
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Western Heights has been in the process of reconfiguring its district for the past several years. When school begins Aug. 17, that project will be completed.

The Western Heights School District now will have a ninth-grade center, and all students in that grade will no longer be part of the high school. The high school will be for grades 10 through 12.

There also will be a new fifth- and sixth-grade building.

The district will operate eight school sites, with the addition of those two buildings and the construction of a new elementary.

“It was primarily due to increased numbers,” Superintendent Joe Kitchens said. “We felt like we needed to reduce the population in the buildings. We had run into some overcrowding issues that needed to be addressed.”

For the most part, parents have been supportive of the changes.

“It's been pretty positive,” Kitchens said. “We brought the fifth-graders over to the new building during the last nine weeks of last year. I think there was some apprehension, but the new facility and its capacity have been well-received. It's a great environment.”

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