Parents Wary of Possible Class Shuffle

A recent study analyzes the Omaha Public Schools and mentions moving sixth grade students to middle schools throughout the district. That change has some parents concerned.

The study worries some parents in the Dundee neighborhood concerned about the future of their school.

According to the research, enrollment trends could make change possible, like moving sixth graders out of elementary schools such as Dundee and putting them in junior high schools.

Liz Vokal and Jenny Gilbreath are both Dundee parents and they don’t like the idea.

Vokal said, “I think sixth grade needs to stay. I think I just don’t know if kids are emotionally ready to make that jump to a middle school level. So in my mind I don’t want to see it happen. I want it to remain K through sixth.”

Gilbreath said, “Right now we have enough room in the school to have all of our students comfortably. We don’t have portables or anything right now. It would be nice to keep it through the sixth grade.”

According to the study, OPS is experiencing continued growth in the early elementary grades. For the past seven years, approximately 4,000 students have enrolled each year in kindergarten classes.

The Omaha Public School District issued the following statement Tuesday:

Our facilities master planning effort includes a number of initial, potential options for a variety of school buildings – none of which are even recommendations at this point. As regards Dundee: the potential options include improvements to the building and accommodation of future enrollment trends, one of which would consider changing the building’s option-grade configuration from pre-kindergarten-6th grade to early childhood education-5th grade. We again stress that we are only looking at very early potential options – and we are grateful for community feedback on those potential options.


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