Broken Arrow Express
For the past two years, a group of 50-plus patrons known as the Long Range Planning Committee has assisted the district’s leadership team on gathering community input for major district decisions. Last year the group assisted in drawing new elementary attendance zones to better balance enrollment throughout the district.
The group has also spent much time researching and discussing the “feeder school” model and if it can be applied in Broken Arrow Public Schools. Using this model, specific elementaries would “feed” students into specific middle schools. This model would enable students to stay with their classmates through their middle school years. Currently, using Arrowhead Elementary as an example, elementary students move to one of three different middle schools.
The current middle school attendance zones run predominately east and west and do not follow the feeder school model. The Long Range Planning Committee has created three maps proposing new middle school attendance zones, and each provides more continuity for the students by utilizing the feeder school model.
These maps will be presented at the School Board meeting on Feb. 25. Two public forums will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 26 and March 5 at the Education Service Center at 81st and Main Street. Patrons are encouraged to attend at least one forum to learn more about the maps, ask questions and voice concerns. The Board of Education will be responsible for selecting the final map at the March 11th meeting.
Commonalities between the three maps include Centennial Middle School – fed by Country Lane Primary, Country Lane Intermediate and Creekwood Elementaries (Creekwood is formerly Westwood Elementary.); Sequoyah Middle School – fed by Arrowhead and Vandever Elementaries; Oliver Middle School – fed by Wolf Creek Elementary; Childers Middle School – fed by Spring Creek and Oak Crest Elementaries; New Middle School (replacing Haskell Middle School) – fed by Liberty and Highland Park Elementaries.
Residents can visit www.ba.k12.ok.us to view maps and access a survey giving their preference.