The Edmond Sun


January 4, 2013

School growth tops 2012 education news


EDMOND — Deer Creek breaks ground on new elementary

Deer Creek School District broke ground on a fifth elementary in June.

“The new $12.5 million school will be built on land off North Rockwell and 150th Street,” said Lance Crawley, Deer Creek’s chief financial officer.

“The land was donated to the school district by Kay-Bee Developers with the idea that in a seven-year period of time from the donation of land we would begin the building process,” McDaniel said. “We are very grateful to Kay-Bee Developers.”

Renaissance Architects and Engineers drew the plans for the new school.

Flintco Constructive Solutions officials will be in charge of building the school.

The new elementary is one of 39 projects passed by voters on the 2010 bond issue totaling about $130 million that are to be completed over a five-year span.

Similar to other schools that have been built previously, the new elementary school will house 450-500 students with room to expand.

Edmond Board votes to seek $80M bond

Edmond Public Schools Board of Education members voted in December to submit an $80 million bond issue to the vote of the people on Feb. 12.

The February bond issue will include funds for elementary school No. 17 and middle school No. 6 as well as an addition to elementary school No. 16, Frontier Elementary, two years after the school opens.

A-F grading system under scrutiny

In October Oklahoma State School Board members unanimously approved the first-time A-F School Report Cards for close to 1,750 schools throughout the state.

After spending two weeks reviewing what 313 superintendents saw as flawed methodology used in the calculation of school report cards, the board had little discussion about the actual grading formula before voting unanimously to keep the original grading system.

The report cards gave 1 percent of schools F, 8 percent D, 34 percent C, 48 percent B and 9 percent A.

In Edmond Public Schools, three elementary schools, two middle schools and all three high schools earned A’s. The rest with the exception of one elementary school earned a grade of B. Ida Freeman Elementary received the district’s only grade of C.

Edmond’s David Goin spoke to the state board as part of a panel of five school superintendents addressing what school heads across the state see as the flaws in the A-F Grading System.

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