The Edmond Sun

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August 17, 2012

3 school sites still under construction

EDMOND — Thursday, Bret Towne, Edmond School Districts’ associate superintendent of district operations, said the majority of renovations and additions in the school district are complete with only three major projects remaining to finish.

At John Ross Elementary where remodeling construction began last April on a $2.35 million project, Towne said all but the main offices and media center will be ready. Completion on those two areas has been pushed to October.

The second half of the John Ross renovation is being paid for from the 2010 Bond Issue, Towne said.

“As far as dropping off and picking up students, we will be continuing with the same set up as we used at the end of school last year,” Towne said. “Parents will drop off and pick up their children on the north side of the school, special education students will be dropped off and picked up behind the building, and the big busses will continue to let children off and pick them up on the east side of the building.”

John Ross Media Specialist Dena Markey said in the school’s newsletter that there are alternative methods for research and finding literature, and most teachers have their classroom libraries from which students may choose books.

“If you do not have an Edmond Library card, I urge you to get one,” Markey added.

Towne said the air conditioning at John Ross should be up and running by Friday.

The remaining two projects are being paid for with the 2011 Bond Issue monies.

“The new bus lane and the loop fork area at Angie Debo are still not complete, and we are a week behind at Washington Irving because a bus loop had to be moved due to an OG&E transformer,” Towne said.

He added arrangements had been made for parent drop off and pick up.

“At this time we have eight out of 3,000 air conditioners that are down, and we are working to have those ready by Friday,” Towne said.

There are also some last-minute moves of teachers to balance class loads at the various schools.

“Other teachers are helping the teachers move,” Towne said. “It is very traumatic to have to move, especially so close to the start of school. Each year we have a few classes that are larger and some that are smaller. We don’t like to do it, but we have to.”

Towne said the district was anticipating a good start to school on Friday.

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