5 Oklahoma City schools recommended for consolidation due to budget cuts


Oklahoma City Public Schools recommended five schools for closure and reconfigurations of others as part of cost-savings measures. The plan was presented to the school board Monday.

The decision is supposed to save more than $1.2 million.

Superintendent Aurora Lora recommended the following five elementary schools be consolidated with others:

  • Edgemere Elementary
  • FD Moon Academy
  • Gatewood Elementary
  • Green Pastures Elementary
  • Johnson Elementary

Lora said the district looked at schools with low enrollment numbers. All schools on the list, except FD Moon, have fewer than 300 students. The district said schools are most efficient with at least 450 students. FD Moon meets that threshold, but was considered because of it's outdated building, school board members were told.

"Consolidating some of our smaller schools will also provide additional educational resources for students who end up in larger schools, including additional support staff, access to more fine arts and athletic programs, and improved opportunities for teachers to collaborate," Lora said in a release.

The district also proposed changes in middle schools. Board members are being asked to consider turning Northeast Academy into a middle school serving the Douglass feeder pattern, having Taft Middle School take in area 6th graders and having Rogers Middle take 5th graders.

The proposal is the first cuts recommended for next school year. The district expects to lose $4 to $10 million in state funding, after losing more than $30 million for this schools year.

Mary Mélon, CEO of The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, said these decisions are difficult and blamed the state legislature.

"Ongoing cuts to state funding have forced school administrators into making very difficult decisions. The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools will continue to work with generous community partners who understand the value of our schools and our children. We need our partners to help fill the gap, and we hope our elected officials will find a way to give our schools the support they deserve.” Mélon said in a statement.

The district will hold informational meetings at each of the schools:

March 23

  • Johnson
    5:30 p.m.
  • Northeast
    7:30 p.m.

March 28

  • Gatewood
    5:30 p.m.
  • Edgemere
    7:30 p.m.

March 29

  • Green Pastures
    5:30 p.m.
  • FD Moon
    7:30 p.m.

The school board will be presented with a formal proposal after these meetings. The consolidations could be up for a vote on April 6.

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