- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Board of Education has granted North Rock Creek School in Shawnee the right to form an independent school district and approved the addition of a high school.

State officials said they took several factors, including school climate and finances, into consideration while making their decision.

“It is a great school; they’ve got a lot of really good things going on,” said Matt Holder, superintendent of finance and federal programs for the Education Department. “This recommendation would allow them to have some continuity.”

Superintendent Blake Moody said approving the request was the right thing to do given North Rock Creek’s high enrollment and continuing growth on Shawnee’s north side.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/28VGMYE ) reports that officials say the K-8 district has grown from 380 students to 620 in less than 10 years. Most of the school’s departing eighth-graders presently attend high school in Meeker or Shawnee.

North Rock Creek school board member Rick Gowin said the district overwhelmingly passed two bonds recently - one to build a new cafeteria and one to build a new middle school.

North Rock Creek will have to pass another bond issue to build a high school, which Moody said could appear on the ballot as soon as January or February.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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