The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 26, 2011

‘More exciting days ahead’

Enid schools busy with $99.4 million worth of projects

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Enid Public Schools aren’t letting any dust build up on $99.4 million in school improvement money voters approved a year ago.

“To date, 88 percent of the work — by dollars — is either in design, under construction or complete,” Amber Fitzgerald, school and community relations director, said.

Work completed to date includes restroom and Red School House renovation at Glenwood Elementary School; restroom renovations at Coolidge and Hoover elementary schools; stage curtain replacements at 12 schools; and artificial turf installed at D. Bruce Selby Stadium. Those completed projects account for $2.1 million.

Work currently in progress includes resurfacing Enid High School’s track; the second phase of projects Glenwood and Coolidge elementary schools; addition and renovation at Adams Elementary School; multi-purpose room heat and air system replacements at 11 schools; a new Garfield Elementary School; and roofing repair and replacement at eight locations. Those projects account for $15.5 million.

Design projects under way include the new Prairie View and Garfield elementary schools, Waller Middle School addition and renovations; and renovations of Enid High School, Taft Elementary, Emerson Middle and Hayes Elementary schools and Selby Stadium. These design projects account for $32.9 million.

“We have made tremendous progress in the last 12 months, with even more exciting days ahead,” said Superintendent Shawn Hime. “By the fall of 2013, all EPS buildings will be renovated, we will have two new schools and updated technology and buses will be in place.”

Not every project has gone exactly as expected. In January, workers discovered asbestos in Coolidge, and Oklahoma City-based asbestos abatement contractor Tec-An Inc.was summoned for removal.

Contracts still to be awarded include stadium renovation, due in February; construction of Prairie View Elementary School, due in April; and renovation of Enid High School and Hayes Elementary School, due in May.

Contract dates for renovation of Taft Elementary School and Emerson Middle School will be announced later.

“Everything is on target,” said Robert Sands, program manager for Carter and Associates, the management firm working with EPS on the school renovation project.

Sands said he and school administrators recently walked through the rooms of the remaining buildings in the district to make sure everything had been thought of in regard to the upgrades.

Fitzgerald said she has been speaking to community groups and organizations who want to hear about the school district’s progress.

“Anybody who would like us to share our progress, we would be happy to come meet with groups in the community,” she said.