Edmond Public School Board of Education members approved new boundaries for elementary schools beginning in 2021 as the district prepares to open two new elementary schools in the next two academic school years. Redbud Elementary, at the corner of Douglas and Coffee Creek, will open in 2021. Scissortail Elementary, southwest of the intersection of NW 150th St and N. Pennsylvania Ave. is scheduled to open in 2022.
New Boundaries Approved
The boundary recommendations were developed by a district-wide committee. The recommendations and the rationale used to draw the boundaries were presented to the community at a public meeting on March 2. Feedback received at the meeting as well as through a special email set up by the district was considered and changes were made to the original proposal and presented to the Board of Education on Thursday, March 11.
The board voted to accept the boundary proposal below with one exception. Students who live in Echo Ranch, a new subdivision that will eventually be built at the corner of Broadway and Coffee Creek, will now be assigned to John Ross Elementary rather than Cross Timbers Elementary.
Boundary Realignment Frequently Asked Questions
What is boundary realignment?
Boundary realignment is the process of changing school attendance zones within a school district. This typically occurs when a new school is built or one is closed, but may also occur due to other shifts in population. These changes are necessary to balance enrollment, coordinate school bus routes and ensure equitable feeder patterns from elementary to middle and high schools.
Why is a boundary realignment needed now?
Edmond Public Schools is opening two new elementary schools in the next two academic school years. Redbud Elementary, at the corner of Douglas and Coffee Creek, is scheduled to open in 2021. Scissortail Elementary, southwest of the intersection of NW 150th St and N. Pennsylvania Ave. is scheduled to open in 2022. The district is undergoing boundary realignment now to give families adequate time to plan future home purchases or make enrollment decisions.
What is the timeline for realignment?
A district realignment committee began meeting in early February. Boundary recommendations developed by the committee and the rationale used to draw the boundaries were presented to the community during a public forum on March 2. Following the public forum, the committee could meet again to consider the public input and make any changes to the boundary recommendations that are deemed appropriate. The Board of Education will vote on the proposed boundary recommendations during a special board meeting tentatively scheduled for 10:00 a.m. March 11. Parents will be apprised of the changes through the district’s various communication platforms.
Who is involved in the realignment process?
The committee will include one administrator and one parent from every school in the district except Russell Dougherty and Clegern, which are lottery schools with limited attendance zones. While the boundaries for secondary schools are not expected to change, representatives from middle schools and high schools are being included on the committee to provide insight about school feeder patterns and student matriculation.
What data is being used to make decisions about the new boundaries?
The Edmond Board of Education approved hiring Templeton Demographics of Southlake, Texas to provide guidance on redrawing the elementary school boundaries. The district previously used Templeton when it changed the boundaries for middle schools in 2016. Templeton assists the district by compiling data on current and future neighborhood demographics, enrollment projections, bus routes, and school capacities. The data will help the district understand how and where the future growth will occur in our district and how boundaries should change accordingly.
When will the new elementary boundaries take effect?
The new elementary borders will take effect at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
Will the curriculum be different for my child if my neighborhood is reassigned to a different school?
No, all of our District’s elementary schools operate on the same curriculum.
Can my 5th-grader stay at his/her current school?
Just as we have done in past boundary realignment processes, we will allow a student who will be a fifth-grader during the 2021-22 school year to remain at their current school if their parents would prefer they do so. However, families who opt for this experience would be required to provide transportation for their child. Transportation is only provided for students to and from their assigned schools. This opportunity is not available to students in other grades, nor to any siblings of the fifth-grade student.
How can I share input in this process?
There are two ways that families with students in elementary school can share their input prior to the School Board voting on the final redistricting scenario on March 11.
- Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.