By Chris Eversole
Mustang Pubic Schools enrollment has grown by 19 percent over the past five years, Assistant Superintendent Tracy Skinner told the board of education at its meeting Monday.
That’s an increase to 11,905 from 9,976 for the 2013-2014 school year.
“We expected to be close to 12,000 this year, and we’re almost there,” Skinner said.
The certified enrollment, based on the count after 10 days of school, is an increase from last year of 474 students – which amounts to 4 percent.
This is the second highest increase in numbers since the increase of 519 student for the 2013-2014 school year.
The district works with officials from the city of Mustang and Oklahoma City to track housing trends, and its generally on target with its enrollment projections, Skinner said.
The good news about increased enrollment is that it will result in greater state funding, which is based on an enrollment-based formula, Bradley said.
The school district is keeping up with growth through new schools.
The school year began with the opening of two new schools – Meadow Brook Intermediate School (serving fifth- and sixth-graders) on S.W. 15th Street west of Czech Hall Road and Riverwood Elementary School on S.W. 44th Street east of Czech Hall Road.
A new middle school is being built next to Riverwood.
The building projects were made possible by a $180 million bond issue that voters approved in February 2017.
The board also appointed Dedra Stafford to fill, a seat vacated when its former president, Chad Fulton, resigned because he wife took a teaching job with the district.
Last month, the board appointed Todd Lovelace to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of member Jim Davis.
The board heard a presentation from the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, which is coordinating its search for a new superintendent to replace Sean McDaniel, who began the superintendent of Oklahoma City Schools on July 1.
The board has agreed to a timeline that will provide the best possible applicant pool, said the association’s executive director, Shawn Hime.
The school board association will begin accepting applications Oct. 8, and it will take them for five weeks.
The board expects to conduct interviews in December and make a decision around the first of the year.
This timing is good for applicants because they know that the board for which they currently work will have time to fill their position and have a new superintendent well before next school year, noted Stephanie Hyder, the association’s director of strategic initiatives and executive search services.
“Mustang is a pretty special place, and this is a pretty special job,” she said.
“We’re getting our marketing material together, and we’re ready to rock and roll.”