Development kicked into high gear in Edmond in 2012, as school enrollment throughout the area grew to record numbers and districts made plans for new schools and additions to current facilities. In order to keep up with the ever-growing student population, the Edmond school district is planning its largest bond issue ever — $80 million. It will go to a vote Feb. 12.
Although Edmond students have scored well overall on testing, this year the State Department of Education gave like grades to the school districts, a move that brought a lot of conversation to the table on how those scores were figured.
A record number of positions were filled in the schools and both of the local universities filled their respective president’s post.
Once again Edmond area schools, public and private, raised a record total amount during their fundraising weeks of giving.
Following is a synopsis of the top education stories for 2012:
Edmond, Deer Creek plan new schools
Edmond area schools are adding students each year and the two public school districts are either building schools or planning new schools at all levels in the coming years due to student population growth.
On Oct. 1 the Edmond Public School District had a student population of 22,501, which is an addition of 505 students above the 2011 October student count.
With heavy growth in the northwest part of Edmond, the Edmond School District has one elementary school under construction, one elementary and one middle school in the planning stages and school officials are looking ahead to breaking ground for an additional high school in the next five to six years, said Bret Towne, associate superintendent of district operations.
As of Oct. 1, the Deer Creek Public School District counted 1,990 elementary students through the fourth grade, 746 students in the Intermediate School (fifth and sixth grades), 720 in the DC Middle School (seventh and eighth grades), and 1,162 in DC High School for a total of 5,618 students.
In Deer Creek the addition of Spring Creek Elementary next fall follows the opening of the new Intermediate School for fifth- through sixth-graders this year.
Spring Creek Elementary (elementary No. 5) will open in the fall of 2013 and currently board members are looking for land to purchase for elementary No. 6 and possibly No. 7.
“With the additions of the new Freshmen Academy (opening in the fall of 2013) and the new high school classroom addition (also opening in 2013) we will have space for years to come,” said then-Superintendent Sean McDaniel in the fall. “DCIS has 740 students currently in the fifth and sixth grades combined, and the building will hold around 1,000 so we are good there as well.”