Deciding the future of Tulsa's Gilcrease Intermediate School

Tuesday, February 10th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Public Schools is considering changing the mission of one north side school.

Gilcrease Intermediate is the only school of its kind in the district and all that could change. News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson says for the past seven years, Gilcrease Intermediate has served only fifth and sixth-graders.

Future Gilcrease parents discussed Tuesday whether the school will continue with that mission. 370 students currently attend Gilcrease Intermediate. And the school's numbers have dropped steadily for the past three years.

That's why Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent David Sawyer says he wants to change the school. School leaders say they're use to the intermediate concept. But they're ready to tackle whatever changes are handed down by the district and the community.

Gilcrease principal Barbara Penrose: "When you change grade configurations of course it's going to change. But change is not necessarily bad. Change is good. So I personally believe Doctor Sawyer has our best interests at heart."

Sawyer says parents of fourth-graders at Houston and Penn Elementary will decide the future of Gilcrease.