The Norman Transcript


October 8, 2013

City school board discusses proposed 2014 bond issue



“We think a freshman academy would help smooth the transition from eighth grade to high school,” Siano said. “The model of instruction shouldn’t look the same for a junior or senior who are preparing for college or the work force. A collegiate center will offer more flexibility.”

Roof replacement and secure entry vestibules will be top projects for a majority of NPS middle and elementary schools in the 2014 bond issue.

Brown said everything presented to the school board, including additional classrooms, had been determined as possible by ADG.

Overall benefits of the possible 2014 bond issue include maximization of the use of current available space, meeting projected demographic demand for the next five to 10 years, providing hardened rooms as a part of all new construction, completing the task providing secure entries in all schools and improving technology for students.

Additionally, the school board discussed the implementation and success of Common Core within the school district.

Brooke Meiller, NPS director of literature, Nita Cochran, NPS director of mathematics, and Dr. Shirley Simmons, assistant superintendent of educational services, dispelled myths about Common Core and explained that it was adopted in 2010 by the state to increase the rigor of curriculum and align curriculum with ACT & SAT demands.

By the 2014-2015 school year, Common Core will be completely in place in all NPS schools.

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