The Edmond Sun

Education

January 4, 2013

School growth tops 2012 education news

EDMOND — 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.”

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  • Edmond Youth Chorus auditions begin Monday

    The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond is seeking talented youth to try out for the upcoming season of the Edmond Youth Chorus.

    July 25, 2014

  • Rainbow Fleet introduces statewide child care line

    Oklahoma parents can now access a statewide program designed to provide resources and referrals for services across Oklahoma.

    July 25, 2014

  • Team Oklahoma Team Oklahoma brings home third place from NTAE

    Members of Team Oklahoma competing in the National Tournament of Academic Excellence placed third at the national competition held recently in Orlando.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond School District’s change orders anticipated

    When building new schools and classrooms there may be additional costs, but when renovating older buildings those costs can more than double, according to a Edmond School District official.
    “When remodeling, you have unknown and hidden costs and you need to include in your budgeted funds for the built-in items you can not see,” said Bret Towne, Edmond’s associate superintendent of general administration.

    July 25, 2014

  • OC welcomes missionary, military families

    For the ninth consecutive year Oklahoma Christian University will host missionary and military families returning to the United States at Global Reunion 2014.
    The July 23-27 camp has doubled in size in the last two years with 150 participants from 43 countries on campus.
    The camp is for children who are known as Third Culture Kids (TCKs) though parents are allowed to attend sessions as well. Directors Kent and Nancy Hartman, missionaries-in-residence at OC, give tools and resources to families that have lived outside the United States and are now seeking to reenter U.S. culture. The Hartmans spent more than 10 years as missionaries in Australia and were surprised by the challenges of reintegrating their family into America.

    July 25, 2014

  • UCO DEBATE_submitted.jpg UCO debate team succeeds at nationals

    The University of Central Oklahoma’s debate team traveled to Bloomington, Ind., at the end of March to compete in the Cross Examination Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament (CEDANCT), bringing home several awards and finishing the year ranked no. 24 in the nation.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBU dance team celebrates National Dance Day

    In 2010, “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe created National Dance Day in an effort to help people embrace dance and combat obesity on the last Saturday in July.
    This year, on July 26, Oklahoma Baptist University’s dance team will host a fundraiser that allows participants to dance all day for $30. The fundraiser will be in the Noble Complex on OBU’s campus.
    Cami Gower, an OBU junior and co-captain/co-founder of the dance team, said the team’s officers have been planning for their upcoming season since April. Gower is a graduate of Deer Creek High School.
    “Since then we have been coming up with better ways to reach the community with dance,” she said. “This day of dance was a great way to do it and help the team raise funds.”

    July 24, 2014

  • OCU alumna earns honor society fellowship

    Oklahoma City University alumna Neilee Wood was awarded a fellowship from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

    July 21, 2014

  • Wu OKLAHOMA SUMMER ARTS INSTITUTE ATTENDEES

    The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, nonprofit organization developed in 1977, with a mission to provide exceptional multidisciplinary arts experiences that develop individual talent and inspire a lifelong passion for the arts. OAI administers a program for talented Oklahoma youth every June and a series of continuing education workshops for adults every fall.
    Following are nine biographies of the 41 Edmond-area students who attended the prestigious Summer Arts Institute. The students worked with award-winning artists in nine areas of the literary, visual and performing arts. Biographies were published in each Tuesday MidWeek and Saturday Weekender edition of The Sun through July.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • North senior wins Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship

    Kassidy Gary, a senior from Edmond North High School, recently received the Oklahoma State Fair’s Edward C. Joullian III Scholarship. Gary’s accomplishment was recognized at the State Board of Education’s May meeting.

    July 21, 2014