Interim Supt. presents recommendations for overcrowding
By Austin Prickett
OKLAHOMA CITY — Interim Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Dave Lopez made several new recommendations to fix overcrowding in the district at the Board of Education meeting Monday evening. Lopez said the district scrapped its pintail plan after it was not well received by the public. The district's leadership team researched both short and long-term fixes to address the overpopulation at U.S. Grant High School and Capitol Hill High School.Lopez presented the following recommendations to the board: Purchase and install 20 portables at US Grant High School and 10 at Capitol Hill High School. Bids have been received on costs of "traditional" portable classrooms; however the District will research the costs of purchasing "portable" classrooms that are FEMA rated to withstand tornadoes. 2007 bond issue funds can be used to purchase and install portable classrooms; it is not expected that the portable classrooms will be in ready for the start of school in August. Issue a request to purchase (RFP) by May 30 for an architect to design permanent classroom additions for US Grant (24) and Capitol Hill (16). 2007 bond funds can be used for this purpose. Issue an RFP by May 30 to demolish Columbus Elementary and to prep the site for a future elementary school. Design of a new elementary school can be paid through the 2007 bond issue but construction would be paid by a future bond issue.Determine sites by June 15 for construction of two new elementary schools and one new middle school in south Oklahoma City to be included in a future bond issue. Contract by May 30 with a professional realtor to lease or purchase commercial, church-owned and non-profit owned properties in South Oklahoma City that can be renovated for early childhood centers.Continue discussions with City-County Health and City of OKC for joint development of community schools (elementary or Pre-K centers) at City-owned park lands in south Oklahoma City. Continue discussions with Santa Fe South Schools to jointly develop facilities and/or properties owned by the charter school and for temporary use by OKCPS.All of the recommendations must be approved by the OKCPS Board of Education.
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