The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 7, 2013

On time, within budget

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Three years since voters approved a $99.4 million bond issue for improvement of Enid schools, the school district will release its “2010 Bond Program Report to the Public” today.

Superintendent Shawn Hime said renovation and construction work continues to be on time and within budget.

“This week marks three years since the historic passage of the 2010 bond issue,” Hime said. “As we near completion of the three-year facility plan, it is amazing to see what we have accomplished together — as a community — for Enid’s children.”

In fact, 99 percent of the work is under way or already completed, today’s report reads. Work includes:

• 48 major construction projects.

• Completed projects at 20 locations.

• 6 major construction projects under way at four locations.

• 3 major design projects under way at three schools.

Highlights of 2012 include opening of the new Garfield and Prairie View elementary schools, completion of renovations at Emerson Middle School, and ongoing work at Enid High School, Monroe Elementary School, Waller and Longfellow middle schools and the EHS University Center addition.

In addition to the two new elementary schools and completion of work at Emerson, other bond issue projects completed so far include Adams, Glenwood, Coolidge, Hayes, Hoover and Taft elementary schools, D. Bruce Selby Stadium and resurfacing of the track at EHS.

Work at the high school is nearly complete, and all the renovated areas now are in use by students.

The shell of the new University Center is nearly complete. The $4.7 million project was made possible by savings realized during work on other buildings, and will house advanced and college study classes for high school students. Completion is expected this summer and the building should be in use by fall.

Work at Waller, Longfellow and Monroe is down to the finishing touches.

Architects are designing renovations for Eisenhower and McKinley elementary schools and Lincoln Academy. Work is expected to be finished this summer.

“Thank you for your support of the 2010 bond issue, and thank you for your commitment to EPS students,” Hime said. “Together, we are not just building better schools, we are building better futures.”