Broken Arrow Public Schools to consider changes to middle school attendance zones

BROKEN ARROW - Monday night, the Broken Arrow Public Schools Board of Education will weigh its options on new boundaries for the district's middle school.

Three maps, which have been presented to the board and parents in previous meetings, will be considered Monday. Tara Thompson, public information officer for BAPS, said redistricting will eliminate overpopulated classrooms district-wide. The same process was done throughout the elementary sites last school year.

"The reason our board is considering redistricting at the middle school level is really to alleviate overcrowding in the northern side of our district," Thompson said. "We tend to have growing class sizes in that district. The population continues to increase in that area."

The maps were developed through a group of more than 50 parents and patrons. The "Long Range Planning Committee" was created in 2010, and since it formation, has been an integral part of the district's bond issue projects, as well as the elementary and middle school redistricting.

BAPS staff and the committee are recommending Map C, which would send students from Rhoades Elementary students to Sequoyah Middle School, students from Lynn Wood and Leisure Park Elementary Schools to Oliver Middle School and students from Aspen Creek Elementary to Childers Middle School.

"Map C was chosen because it moves the fewest number students and creates the fewest amount of changes," Thompson said.

Thompson also said Map C received the most votes from parents through an online survey.

The options and maps to be considered can be viewed here (

The redistricting plan is set to take place at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

The BAPS Board of Education meeting will take place tonight at 6 p.m.

KJRH will have more on the board's decision tonight at 10 p.m.

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