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Plan shifts students from Picotte Elementary to Buffett Magnet

Plan shifts students from Picotte Elementary to Buffett Magnet

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Long-planned enrollment shifts for a few of the Omaha Public Schools' northwest schools are likely only a school year away.

An Omaha school board committee approved a plan Monday that will change which students go to two OPS schools.

For the 2014-15 school year, Picotte Elementary will have students in preschool through fourth grade.

Currently, the school at 14506 Ohio St. has students in grades pre-K through sixth.

The fifth- and sixth-graders who have gone to Picotte will go to Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School, 14101 Larimore Ave.

Buffett, currently crowded, will have room for more students because Alfonza W. Davis Middle School is scheduled to open this fall at 132nd and State Streets.

Davis will host sixth- and seventh-graders this fall and students in grades 6-8 for the 2014-15 school year, said Matt Ray, interim executive director of student and community services.

Upcoming eighth-graders largely wanted to stay at their current schools, he said.

The Picotte-Buffett plan was initially scheduled for the 2008-09 school year, but Buffett was too full, said David Alati, coordinator of special projects for curriculum and learning.

The plan should go before the full board on March 4.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1074, jonathon.braden@owh.com, twitter.com/jonathonbraden

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