Alternative school set to close

Thursday, November 13th 2008, 10:57 pm
By: News 9

By Colleen Chen, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Major changes are planned for the Oklahoma City Public School District, including closing an alternative school which serves troubled students.

The decision to move kids out of About Face Academy is set, but questions still surround the how and when the plan will be executed. The current plan has it happening after Thanksgiving Break, but the date could change.

About Face Academy is a place for troubled students, a place to help them get back on track and the district's plan of closing About Face, and sending its 35 students back to their respective community middle schools, troubled some parents.

"They can be disruptive, you know, which could possibly cause problems for the other students," said Carolyn Webber, the grandmother of one student attending a mainstream school.

District officials said there is no need for worry.

"They would start maybe an hour later or end an hour later so they're not going to be fully integrated with their fellow students," said Kathleen Kennedy of the OKCPSD.

Some teachers aren't convinced.

They claimed some schools do not have enough room for the students, and wonder if the plan will be carried out in the next few weeks.

Kennedy said for the district, it's not about the money, it's about taking a hard look at what's best for alternative education.

"It's tightening our focus on individual student achievement at every level and every child deserves that," Kennedy said.

The district planned, to keep the About Face Building and said no jobs will be lost.

Officials also said they are waiting to get details set before making an announcement.