The Edmond Sun
Edmond Board of Education members approved a committee recommendation for the name of Edmond’s 16th elementary school during Monday’s meeting.
Frontier Elementary is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013, said Lynne Rowley, director of elementary education. The school is now under construction south of Covell Road on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Oklahoma has always been considered one of the gateways to the west. The expression ‘frontier’ denotes a strong independent spirit and a great desire of people to move forward into the future,” Rowley said.
Rowley told board members 11 of the 36 names submitted by the public met the naming criteria.
“The committee researched each name giving thought to the potential educational capability each name would offer,” Rowley said.
The name was submitted by Will Goodnow, who has been an Edmond resident since 1986 and has numerous education ties. His wife is a retired teacher, his daughter is a teacher and graduated from Edmond North and his grandson is a John Ross Elementary second-grader.
“When they had a contest to name the Thunder team I thought Frontier would be a good name but never got around to sending it in,” Goodnow said. “Later when I heard about the naming of the new school I thought if Frontier was a good enough name for the basketball team then it would be even better for the school’s name. There was also criteria that had to be met and Frontier met the location and history criteria among others.”
As soon as the board approves the naming of the street leading into the new elementary school, the school can be given an Edmond address, said Associate Superintendent of Building Operations Bret Towne.
In addition to Rowley, committee members included: Terry Byers, Washington Irving Elementary teacher; Mark Foster, pastor of Acts II United Methodist Church; Sally Leonard, John Ross Elementary teacher; Rhonda Martin, West Field Elementary teacher; Pam Merrill, EPS Social Studies curriculum consultant; Jena Mottola, executive director of the Edmond Historical Society; and Sydna Yellowfish, EPS Indian education coordinator.
The new elementary is being built on a 40-acre site, with the elementary on the north 15 acres and the proposed new middle school planned for on the south 25 acres.
“The new elementary has 75,000 square feet in the initial phase and will have at least 18 classrooms added as that area grows,” Towne said.
The initial construction has already been bid at a cost of around $14.7 million, Towne added. The Stacy Group is the architect and the contractor is Atlas General Contractors.
“Atlas General Contractors built Memorial Freshman Academy and the last additions and renovations at Northern Hills Elementary,” Towne said. “They also are the general contractor for the Edmond Aquatic and Recreation Center at Mitch Park.”
The elementary is in the second phase of funding at this time.
The second addition to the elementary is proposed in the February 2013 bond issue. These are the first of the 18 additional classrooms that will complete the school.
The district’s sixth middle school is pending passage of the February bond issue and if passed it will be bid in January of 2014, Towne said.