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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  • Great Expectations names 4 Edmond public schools ‘Model Schools’

    Great Expectations, a non-profit foundation that provides intensive professional development to teachers and administrators, announces four Edmond Public Schools have earned the organization’s highest distinction: Model School. Based on Great Expectations theory implementation, there are three categories of recognition, including Transitional School, Progressive School and Model School.

    July 31, 2014

  • UCO, local Y create community garden

    A new community garden is providing a transformative learning opportunity for students and helping stock UCO’s Central Pantry.
    The University of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the Edmond Rankin YMCA are sponsoring the garden, providing a transformative learning opportunity for students, and organic fruits, vegetables and herbs for the food bank.

    July 31, 2014

  • UCO forensic volunteer wants to aid more agencies

    A four-person group of forensic investigators who volunteer their time to help smaller Oklahoma police departments isn’t enough to meet demand, a member said.
    Kama King, who recently completed her graduate research and will be a member of the faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Forensic Science Institute, said outside of full-time jobs, members of the group volunteer to assist these agencies.
    As her career progresses, King hopes to help establish a permanently funded organization available to any agency in the state to assist in remains recovery as well as related training.

    July 29, 2014

  • UCO announces Spring 2014 Honor Roll students

    The University of Central Oklahoma recently announced the students named to the university honor rolls, a distinction given to those who achieve the highest academic standards.
    For the spring 2014 semester, 1,073 students made the President’s Honor Roll, an honor achieved by those who recorded a “straight-A” or 4.0 GPA.

    July 28, 2014

  • 11.6.12 Mother and Cub (2).jpg UCO forensic researcher answers key question

    After working a few human recovery cases on a volunteer basis with a variety of police departments, a question kept bugging Kama King.
    “You spend the whole day,” the UCO W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute student said, “sometimes days, searching for someone and only find a skull or a few bones and it just ate at me. Are we not finding this or is it not there to be found?”

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • pm_Ramona Paul.jpg Keith, 5 others to receive service awards

    The 2014 Door-Opener Awards Gala dinner and silent auction Sept. 4, benefitting ASTEC Charter Schools, will recognize five outstanding Oklahomans and one Kansan for lifetime contributions made toward helping others in society maximize potential and achieve dreams.
    Those selected to receive a Door-Opener Award at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel event include Dr. Harvey Dean, Pittsburg, Kan.; Toby Keith and Tricia Covel, Norman; Former Gov. George P. Nigh, Edmond; the late Dr. Ramona Paul, Edmond; and Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma City.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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