Board Approves Grade Reconfiguration for Upcoming ‘21-’22 School Year
MUSKOGEE, Okla. - As district enrollment continues to decline, the Long Range Planning (LRP) Committee formally recommended to the Board of Education a number of changes to grade configuration and district boundaries for the upcoming 2021-2022 School Year.
During its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 the Muskogee Public Schools Board of Education approved the following changes to the grade configuration throughout the district.
The Alice Robertson site in addition to ninth-grade students will also include eighth graders to form the Eighth and Ninth Grade Academy at Alice Robertson.
With the move of eighth-grade students, the LRP recommended the Sixth Grade Academy be closed and sixth-graders be joined with seventh-grade students to form the Sixth and Seventh Grade Academy at Ben Franklin.
Whittier Elementary, which suffered a sewer line break in February 2019, saw changes made this past summer with the demolition of the older parts of the structure. The remaining structure has 12 classrooms and has been recommended by the committee to become the home of the new E-Learning Academy. The site would house certified teachers of the E-Learning option and allow those virtual students to receive in-person instruction if needed or a place for small group work.
With the conversion of the Whittier site, elementary students currently enrolled at Whittier would be distributed to the remaining five elementary schools and boundaries redrawn to accommodate the new structure of schools.
The Grant Foreman site would be closed for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year but could be utilized as an elementary site in the future. Rougher Alternative Academy and Sadler Arts Academy will remain on Altamont Street. The Muskogee Early Childhood Center will remain at its current location until construction and renovations at the Harris Jobe site are completed. Once that site is completed, students and staff will transition to the renovated and newly constructed Harris Jobe location on Country Club Road.