School starts at Bixby's newest addition

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 8/20/2013 12:23 pm Published: 8/20/2013 11:27 am

Class started at Bixby’s Northeast Elementary and Intermediate School for the first time Tuesday.

District leaders tell FOX23’s Janai Norman rapid growth led to the need for a new building.

Carey Martin said, “I know the class sizes were getting pretty large.”

FOX23 caught up with Carey Martin as she waited with her 6th grader Taylor for the first day at a new school. A bigger school, unlike North Intermediate where Carey says us she noticed Taylor’s classes continued to grow.

“Twenty-eight students in one class,” she estimated. “Intermediate is usually a little tighter [than that], once you get into high school you start seeing larger classes.”

We asked school leaders about a good marker for growth and found out 3% is a good sign, but last year Bixby schools saw a 7% increase in growth.

For Taylor, plus seven percent meant minus one on one.

“She didn’t have a lot of one on one time with the teachers they were just trying to get through the curriculum for the day,” Martin shared. “And they didn’t have the time to spend with the student to help them through some of the parts they were having difficulty with.”

“It was just nerve racking for me,” the sixth grader said.

And not just academically, but socially, Taylor says in the classroom she couldn’t keep track of all her new classmates.

“I was confused on who was who because we had so many of the same names, and they had the same looks,” she recalled. “So we had to almost put name tags on them.”

As a result of the growth, about 500 students from North Elementary and North Intermediate schools were filtered to the new building, where FOX23 found there are empty classrooms and room to grow.

“Bixby built this building not at capacity knowing they’re still coming,” Principal Jamie Milligan said.

Milligan says the building can hold about 900 students. For the students like Taylor, that means feeling more comfortable in the classroom.

“I won’t be so worried about being with the other kids, and feeling left out because there are so many kids.”

Bixby Schools are currently building a new ninth grade center to open for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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