OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Public School District is reaching out to the community, hoping to help improve student achievement on the city’s northeast side.
The district is forming the Northeast Task Force, inviting students, teachers, parents and community leaders to help come up with solutions to make a difference.
The task force will have a mission: to give recommendations to the Oklahoma City Public School Board about how to better education in about 10 northeast schools, from elementary to middle and high school.
"We do have a number of small schools and a number of schools that are struggling academically, so we wanted to start in that region of the city," said OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora.
The schools included in this quadrant are Northeast Academy, Douglass Mid-High School, FD Moon Academy, Willow Brook Elementary, Spencer Elementary, Green Pastures Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Thelma R. Parks Elementary, Edwards Elementary and Star Spencer High School.
Star Spencer High School Principal Brian Hinson said there are some issues that need improvement.
"Expectations of the students, you know, believing in themselves, wanting to go to college," Hinson said.
He also said members of the community, from church leaders to business owners, can give hope to students who might feel lost.
"Regardless if they're going into the workforce or going to college, that they're ready and that they feel confident that they can be successful," Hinson said.
Those chosen to be on the task force will focus on three areas:
- school configuration and school choice options
- academic recommendations and
- counseling and mental health service support
Due to severe budget cuts, consolidation of smaller campuses will also be a big topic, in order to provide more resources for students.
"I want to make sure that every kid that lives in northeast Oklahoma City has a great school to go to in their neighborhood," Lora said.
If you live in the northeast quadrant and are interested in applying for the northeast task force, you can fill out an application here.
The deadline to apply is Friday, August 26th.