While Oak Creek High School has grown larger, the research is showing that smaller learning communities have greater benefits. In these smaller learning communities, education is more personal and nobody feels like a stranger. These smaller school environments also allow students to make stronger connections with their teachers. We need to think smaller in order to ensure that our children each get the attention and feel connected to their school community. The best way we can achieve this at OCHS is through a campus expansion onto the current Civic Center site.
Keep in mind that the campus expansion is not much different than if we put on a “wing” on the main school and added classrooms primarily freshmen. The new building would house a foods lab, new science labs, Project Lead the Way (tech ed) room, a computer lab, band and chorus rooms, world languages rooms, an art room, and much more. Adding onto the campus will help reduce the crowding in the main building and allow 9th graders to take classes that are currently not able to be offered to them due to overcrowding and lack of resources.
With the obvious overcrowding in our district, we are confident that you will see the benefit to this change rather than continuing to put up with the problems that we are all too familiar with.
“With thousands of schools needing to be built and modernized in the coming decade, communities across this nation can design schools in ways that can make an enduring difference for generations. These buildings will have a profound impact not just on students, but on entire neighborhoods.”
Vice-President of the United States
October 5, 1998
“Instead of building schools for 1950, let us build schools for 2050. We need schools that are healthy, energy smart, environmentally sensitive, using up-to-date technology that complement and enhance academic excellence; schools designed by the community and with the students and the community in mind.”
Richard W. Riley
U.S. Secretary of Education
October 13, 1999
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