EDMOND, Okla. - It’s the map Edmond parents have long been awaiting.
The Edmond School District revealed the redistricting committee’s recommendations for new middle school boundaries Thursday morning.
This was necessary, because the new Edmond middle school, Heartland, will be opening next year.
The new plan sets up true feeder patterns for middle schools into high schools.
- Cheyenne and Sequoyah will go to Edmond North High School.
- Central and Cimarron will go to Memorial.
- Heartland and Summit will go to Santa Fe.
However, eight elementary schools will now be split when they go to middle school.
- Cross Timbers splits between Cheyenne and Sequoyah.
- West Field splits between Summit and Heartland.
- Frontier splits between Heartland and Cheyenne.
- Ida Freeman splits between Cheyenne and Sequoyah.
- Sunset splits between Cimarron, Summit and Heartland.
- Northern Hills splits between Central and Sequoyah.
- John Ross splits between Sequoyah and Cheyenne.
- Heritage splits between Sequoyah and Central.
“But, we don’t have a split in the middle of their education. It’s more toward the first,” said Edmond superintendent, Bret Towne.
A committee of 37, made up of parents, teachers and administrative staff came up with the new lines.
The superintendent said they did a good job of working together.
“They really did have a district mindset, because some of them even were suggesting things that actually would be detrimental to their area for the good of the whole,” Towne said.
Perhaps the biggest change, Centennial Elementary in the northeast part of the district will now go to Central Middle School instead of Sequoyah.
Towne said a big goal of this redistricting was shifting some of the numbers away from Sequoyah Middle School and North High School.
“North’s current attendance zone is 48 percent of all the land mass in Edmond and Sequoyah’s is 42 percent. So, as they build in those areas, it really is unsustainable to expect that those schools can continue that way,” Towne said.
It’s important to note this is just a proposal.
There will be two public forums to get parent input.
The school board can accept the plan as is or make changes to it before voting on it.