Tulsa School Board votes to move students around in response to crowding

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The changes represent the third phase of Tulsa Public Schools' Project Schoolhouse efficiency initiative, under which 14 school buildings were shuttered two years ago.

Superintendent Keith Ballard has said crowding from unexpected growth in enrollment at McLain Junior High and High School, 4929 N. Peoria Ave., led him to recommend moving the seventh-graders out.

With its unanimous vote Monday, the school board approved the repurposing of the old Alcott Elementary School building at 525 E. 46th St. North, which was closed in 2010, to house the new McLain Seventh Grade Academy.

Public records obtained by the Tulsa World show that a second site, the shuttered Cherokee Elementary School in Turley, also had been considered and that a cost comparison showed that it would cost $1.34 million to renovate the Alcott building and $338,000 to renovate the Cherokee building.

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