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School zone for new elementary needs to be drawn

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The construction of Oklahoma City’s newest elementary school is on schedule to be finished in time for the fall class of 2011.

Cesar Chavez Elementary School, located at 600 SE Grand, will be a massive kindergarten through 8th-grade school built to house 775 students in a new $12.8 million facility.

Once the building passes inspection, the only thing remaining is determining what children will attend the new school.

The school board will have a preliminary discussion about the attendance boundaries tonight.

Oklahoma City Public Schools last dealt with redistricting when it divided the old John Marshall High School into two districts for the new John Marshall High School the new Oklahoma Centennial High School.

School Board Member Lyn Watson said the district will likely have to consider redistricting on a larger scale in the coming years as schools struggle with overcrowding in the south and lagging enrollments in the east.

Cesar Chavez will relieveCapitol Hill Elementary School that is bursting at the seams with over 1,000 students, and it will also take students from other nearby elementary schools depending on how the boundaries are drawn.

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