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“And not everybody can do well with changes,” Edmond schools set to redistrict

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EDMOND, Okla. -- The Edmond School District announced this week that they're hiring a Texas company to help them redraw the boundary lines for their schools.

Heartland Middle School, near Penn and Covell, is set to open next year, so the lines will be changing.

And the word "change" can be a scary thing for parents.

“Panic, they panic, probably because every time we have a change, it’s a change.  And not everybody can do well with changes,” said Edmond parent, Andrea Hernandez.

Hernandez has a 6th grader at Summit Middle School, and she wants her to stay there.

“If that’s the case and we have to be redistricted and go to that location, to a different middle school, the new middle school, we will do it; maybe kicking and screaming,” said Hernandez.

The new school will draw students from Summit, Cheyenne, and Sequoyah middle schools.

The district hired a Texas company, Templeton Demographics, to help out.

Their first job is housing research.

“We’ll look at new home construction, any new multi-family projects that might be taking place,” said president, Bob Templeton.  “Our research team will be making a couple trips to Edmond, driving the neighborhoods, looking for new construction.”

Based on all that information, the company will come up with a 10-year enrollment forecast for the district and then redraw the lines for the middle schools.

That, in turn, will affect the high schools.

“So when this is all said and done, we hope to have two middle schools that feed into each high school,” said Templeton.

“We have grown by an average of 550 students each of the last 5 years,” said district spokesperson, Susan Parks-Schlepp.

District officials say the changes are necessary.

But they also want to make this as painless as possible for Edmond families.

“We understand that families move into certain parts of Edmond based on schools.  We understand that students don’t want to leave their friends.  And so the goal of board members is to limit disruption to families as much as possible,” said Parks-Schlepp.

The company hopes to have the enrollment projections done by the first of December.

They will then work with a district committee.

The district has not decided yet who will be on that committee, but says it will be a cross-section of the community.

There will also be at least one forum to get public input, likely in January or February of 2016.

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