The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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May 14, 2011

New Prairie View Elementary School groundbreaking is Wednesday

ENID — The groundbreaking ceremony for Prairie View Elementary School is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday near the corner of Willow and Garland.

The ceremony will feature the musical talents of the Enid High School Jazz Band, Glenwood Elementary Pop Choir and Monroe Elementary Honor Choir. The district also will recognize Cummins Construction for its donation of 23 acres of land for the school site.

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting to formally approve the school mascot name selected after a two-month community search that garnered more than 240 entries. An image of the mascot will be revealed in the fall.

Prairie View, designed by Corbin Associates, was made possible through the voter-approved 2010 bond issue. It will serve 600 students and will open in the fall of 2012.

 “We hope Enid residents will help us celebrate this historic day,” said Enid Public Schools Superintendent Shawn Hime. “It has been more than 50 years since the district opened a new elementary school, and now we are building two much-needed schools at once. It is a great time for Enid and for our students.”

In addition to Prairie View, EPS also is building a new Garfield Elementary School, located at 400 N. 7th. Groundbreaking for the new Garfield Elementary School was in March. All EPS buildings are being renovated as part of the district’s three-year facility improvement plan, which will end in the fall of 2013.

Groundbreaking guests are asked to enter the Prairie View site at its east entry, where a dirt-packed drive is available. Enid Police Department and Enid Public Schools Police Department will assist with parking.

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