Broken Arrow Public Schools plan could include new high schools

Posted at 9:10 PM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 22:18:43-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Hundreds of parents, students and teachers took the microphone at a community forum about possible changes within the Broken Arrow School District. There’s even the possibility for a third high school.

“If that's going to happen, we're all going to be spread apart,” said Broken Arrow freshman, Wyatt Linfoot.

Extra chairs packed the cafeteria at Centennial Middle School as anxious parents looked for a seat.

"We're growing of a rate at about 2.2% to 2.5% per year,” said Broken Arrow Public Schools spokesperson Amanda Summers.

The superintendent says under the preliminary recommendations, Broken Arrow;s main high school and freshman academy would be broken up into two high schools by 2021.

The district would also have three comprehensive high schools by 2031.

The district says it has a space problem. Some teachers don’t even have their own classroom and are forced to move from room to room depending on what’s available.

Freshman academy student Wyatt Linfoot says there are 13,000 students in his class and that it’s pretty crowded.

"Changing classes, I mean, you're just shoulder to shoulder,” said Linfoot.

Wyatt's mother, Amy Linfoot, has a suggestion for the district. "Start with the middle school and the elementarys when they go off to those middle schools and keep them in those high schools. But to automatically put them together and then tear them apart is doing a detriment to our kids."

In the end, no matter the age, they’re all tigers.

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