OKCPS parents, students voice concerns about district's plan to close schools


    OKCPS will host a series of community meetings to get feedback on the district's Pathway to Greatness plan. (Caroline Vandergriff/KOKH)

    The Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent fielded questions and concerns from parents, students, and teachers on Wednesday night. The district announced plans this week to close more than a dozen schools before the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

    OKCPS hosted the first of five community meetings at U.S. Grant High School Wednesday to get feedback on the Pathway to Greatness project. The auditorium was packed.

    Many of the people who spoke expressed concerns, while others told Superintendent Sean McDaniel they appreciated the district's desire to improve public education for kids in Oklahoma City.

    Dr. McDaniel went through the three paths the district could take to better align resources with students needs. The changes affects families across the district.

    Community meetings in January:

    • Jan. 24th - 6 p.m. at US Grant High School (presented in Spanish)
    • Jan. 28th - 6 p.m. at Star Spencer High School
    • Jan. 29th - 6 p.m. at Douglass High School
    • Jan. 30th - 6 p.m. at NW Classen High School

    The superintendent plans to weight the input he receives at the community meetings to narrow the options down to the one he'll present to the board next month. He says all three pathways reduce overcrowding, increase access to learning opportunities, and improve support for teachers.


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