The Edmond Sun

April 3, 2013

Principal prepares Frontier Elementary for August opening

Name chosen for 17th grade school

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Preparations for opening Frontier Elementary are moving forward as recently assigned Principal Cara Jernigan has been sending “welcome” letters to families, meeting with students in their current schools, providing a Frontier newsletter, organizing the school’s PTO and working on personnel selection.

Bret Towne, associate superintendent of general administration, told Edmond Board of Education members Monday night that the school is set to open for the first day of school Aug. 20, but it will be close on whether the project is finished. He anticipates occupancy permits will be granted in time for furnishings to be in place upon the arrival of the teachers.

Executive Director of Elementary Education Lynne Rowley told board members 36 entries had been submitted for the name of Elementary School No. 17, which will be on Sorghum Mill Road east of I-35. It is scheduled to be open for the 2014-15 academic year.

“Each of the entries talked about the rich heritage, vision, hard work and ingenuity the people who settled Edmond had,” Rowley said. “Entries named outstanding Edmondites like Jennie Forster, Ollie McCormick, Eloise Rodkey Rees and Milton “Kicking Bird” Reynolds.”

Forster was Edmond’s first librarian, opening the first library in she and her husband’s Pioneer Grocery store with books she brought on their journey into Edmond, Indian Territory. She also ordered enough lumber, on credit, to build a school house for the new village of Edmond. McCormick was the town’s first teacher. Rodkey-Rees, a longtime Edmond resident, was a historian, an author and an arts patron. Reynolds owned the town’s and state’s first newspaper founded in 1889, which is now The Edmond Sun.

“The committee chose Heritage Elementary as the name for Elementary School No. 17 as a fitting tribute to the past,” Rowley said.

The board voted 5-0 to name the new school Heritage Elementary School.

In other business the bid process for site preparation for Heritage Elementary was authorized.

“Getting a head start on dirt work (and) site preparation will allow us to expedite construction of the facility,” Towne said.

Board approves multiple school renovation bids

Bids were awarded for roofing at North High School, Alva Roofing, $362,824;  Santa Fe High School Orchestra room by Oklahoma Roofing, $32,203;  Northern Hills Elementary School (areas A and C), by Alva Roofing, $335,866; and Russell Dougherty Elementary School by Mr. Roof, $105,000, with the work to be done during the summer months.

Final plans for secured entrances for Central and Sequoyah middle schools and Ida Freeman and Russell Dougherty elementary schools were authorized to be bid. Preliminary plans were presented at the March 4 board meeting and will be funded from residual bond funds from the past three years’ bond issues for an estimated total between $400,00 and $500,000 according to the architect’s estimate.

Plans for track renovations at all three high school sites also were authorized. The scope of the work involves the replacement of tracks at Santa Fe and North and resurfacing of the existing track bed at Memorial (due to future plans for re-development of the track at Memorial), Towne said. The projected cost set in the Feb. 12 bond issue for the track work was $475,000.

Towne told board members the Memorial track was constructed in 2004 with no coatings or renovations up to this time. The North track was constructed in 2000 with a recoating in 2008. The Santa Fe track was constructed in 1997, with re-coatings in 2002 and 2007.

“The new middle school tracks will take use off the high school tracks to allow surfaces to last two or three years longer between re-coatings and eventual replacement,” Towne said.

Board members also voted to replace flooring at Cheyenne Middle School and authorize the bid process to begin. Towne told board members this will be the first replacement of flooring for a school originally opened in 2001. The most significant aspect of the replacement will be an upgrade from the vinyl tile floor in corridors to terrazzo tiles. An amount of $750,000 was budgeted in the previous bond issue to replace the carpet and tile at Cheyenne.

Memorial bleachers were authorized to go out for bid for replacement. Towne told board members the replacement is coming “none too soon.” The architect estimate is around $400,000. “We originally budgeted $250,000 for just bleacher replacement but we will have to address some accessibility issues, which will increase the total cost.”

Executive Director of Secondary Schools Jason Brown presented the single reading Revision to Policy #5710 (Smoke Free Environment), which provides language to address the prohibition of possession or use by students of e-cigarettes at school sites or events. Board members voted 5-0 to pass the revision.

Child Nutrition Director Dan Lindsey reported to board members federal regulations require that schools must assess meal prices that at least match the rate of reimbursements provided for students whose meals are underwritten by the government. Board members voted a 10-cent increase in meals for the 2013-14 school year. This follows a 10-cent increase for this academic year. Lindsey reported child nutrition workers will invest additional revenues in ways designed to further the quality of meals served to the students.