At a packed meeting in northeast Oklahoma City, KIPP charter school executive director Tracy McDaniel released new details about their proposed plan.
If approved, McDaniel said in summer 2016, KIPP would relocate to an Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) building that will seat 900 students pre-K through 8th grade.
But he said they would use the building as they grow, starting with a neighborhood elementary level school, launching 100 pre-K’ers and 100 kindergarteners in the 2017-2018 school year, while working with the OKCPS district on best practices.
“I want to be crystal clear; I’m not trying just to expand KIPP because that would be not very hard to do, just start a school and have 600 kids. What we want to do is be transformative in this community,” McDaniel said.
After the principal spoke, a separate group called 'Possibilities' led the discussion among the rest of the people there.
News 9 cameras were not allowed to be close to the tables where attendees wrote down their comments about the proposed plan. However, each group read their top three hopes and concerns aloud.
“Will students be put out if they have discipline problems?” one person asked.
“Our concerns are that there might be a disproportionate allocation of resources,” another person said.
“Our concern is the follow through with the community and the board, transparency in money and communication and that miscommunication will hurt kids,” another person said.
The next two meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on April 14 at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1020 NE 42 Street, and at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at Prospect Baptist Church, 2809 N Missouri Avenue, both in Oklahoma City.