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OKCPS unveils plan to close more than a dozen schools on 'Pathway to Greatness'

OKCPS Superintendent Sean McDaniel presented the options for the district's Pathway to Greatness on Tuesday night. (Caroline Vandergriff/KOKH)

Hundreds of people packed into the Northeast Academy auditorium Tuesday night as the Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent unveiled three variations of a plan to better align resources with student needs.

All the options include school closures and changes to the district's feeder patterns. You can find the complete details here.

The district has been working on the Pathway to Greatness project for well over a year. Superintendent Sean McDaniel told the crowd that closing schools is part of the process, but there's so much more to the plan. He touted the "trade-ups," which include reducing overcrowding, increasing access to learning opportunities, and improving support for teachers.

There will be some major impacts for families across the city.

Under all three options, these elementary schools will be closed:

  1. Edgemere Elementary School
  2. Edwards Elementary School
  3. Gatewood Elementary School
  4. Green Pastures Elementary School
  5. Horace Mann Elementary School
  6. Johnson Elementary School
  7. North Nightland Elementary School
  8. Oakridge Elementary School
  9. Pierce Elementary School
  10. Putnam Heights Elementary School
  11. Rancho Village Elementary School
  12. Sequoyah Elementary School

Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School will also be closed.

In addition, at least six elementary schools will become middle schools, and other middle and high schools will be reconfigured. Each plan also features different changes to feeder patterns.

The district does plan to re-purpose the empty buildings after schools are closed. Some options include space for administrative offices, early childhood centers, a student welcome center, and community health centers.

Parents and teachers will have a say in all this through a series of meetings to get community feedback. The superintendent says that's how he will narrow the options down from three plans to the one he will ultimately recommend to the Board of Education.

The board expects to vote on the plan on March 4th.

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