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Cleveland Elementary Meeting Scheduled
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Parents with children at Cleveland Elementary voice their concerns about staffing cuts to the superintendent at an open meeting.
"What's disappointed me the most is a loss of the Science teacher which a lot of the children loved," said parent, Trashasans Graves.
Last year, the district took away Cleveland's full-time science teacher. Superintendent Karl Springer says the decision was made to level the playing field. "We want to make sure that there's not an opportunity gap in our schools," said Springer.
"Ms. Wheeter really made Science special," said 10-year-old Sarah Terry at the meeting.
Parents also asked Springer about his reasons for cutting a Music, PE and Art teacher one day a week. Springer explained now that enrollment is up, that is no longer a possibility. "What happened was this school grew and now the issue isn't one of cutting the program at all...just the same as it was last year," said Springer.
Springer also told parents the district will be adding two teachers. To meet increasing enrollment demands, a kindergarten and first grade teacher will be coming to Cleveland Elementary.
Parents tell FOX 25 they are still upset that Cleveland Elementary is no longer an Arts and Science specialty school. Springer says it is classified as an A Arts school.
--Deeda Payton, FOX 25 News.
Posted: Wednesday, August 15 2012, 11:44 PM CDT
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Tornado watch in effect for parts of west Oklahoma
May 23, 2013 19:27 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for parts of western Oklahoma and northwestern Texas just days after a monstrous tornado hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and left 24 people dead.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says the tornado watch will remain in effect through 10 p.m. Thursday.
Forecasters say tornadoes and damaging winds are possible and hail is likely in the watch area.
Meanwhile, storms that lingered over the Oklahoma City area brought flooding to some areas Thursday.
A number of roads in the metro area had to be closed Thursday morning due to high water. Cars and people were stranded in places and forecasters recommended residents delay traveling until the waters recede.
The latest storms come after a deadly tornado hit Moore on Monday.
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