16 February 2005
And it's not even open yet
Rose Union Elementary School will be the name of the new grade school in the Deer Creek district in far northwest Oklahoma County, and the board has already announced that it's going to be overcrowded the moment it's built.
The new school, to be located on NW 220th east of MacArthur, is well away from the two other grade schools in Deer Creek, but student population is growing at more than 10 percent a year. (Current student counts are here.)
Posted at 7:36 AM to City Scene
"..the board has already announced that it's going to be overcrowded the moment it's built."
I'm quite sure that there's something philosophically, fiscally, geographically, or otherwise common sense-wise intelligent about this statement, and if I bothered to register for the newspaper to which this article is linked I'd probably see what's what...
But I'm more inclined to think this is another example of education's shoot-from-the-hip decision-making at its finest.
Well, here's a pertinent quote:
[Superintendent Kaye] Jones said she worked long and hard on the new plans, and many factors including future growth potential and transportation issues were considered in an effort to make the boundaries equitable for all the schools.
Board members agreed that Deer Creek's rapid growth means the upper limit of 500 students per school is unrealistic for the future and that all of the schools, including yet-to-be-built Rose Union, are looking at overcrowding.
At the present rate of increase, they'll hit 1500 students (for three schools) by 2008.
Am I missing something?
Are these people fiscally retarded?
I mean, it's true I don't buy a dress five sizes bigger today with an assumption that I'm gaining 505 pounds in three years; for one, you can't exactly throw away a school and buy another one, and for another, I don't KNOW or ASSUME I'm going to gain 50 lbs in three years. These people are assuming a seam-bursting attendance by '08 and are still building for 500??
Probably all the money they could raise at the time the plans were drawn up, and they didn't want to go back to the well too soon.
Still, they're going to have to either give up the 500-student cap or start planning for school #4.
Seems to me if you can start planning for School #4 there's an implication there that the bucks are there as well, begging the obvious question.
But what do I know. I'm only a brick in The Wall, and when I look over That Wall, I'm seeing more and more Children Left Behind while the masons fret over the logistics of said Wall.
Deer Creek is far from broke.
And things do change. The city is putting $700 million (!) into school upgrades; one school near where I used to live back in the late 70s, previously marked for closing, will now be given a new lease on life and a facelift, mainly because this formerly-declining neighborhood has shown considerable growth of late. (Immigration, mostly: while it used to be blue-collar working-class, it's now largely Latino of varying socioeconomic strata.)