By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Classes will begin at the new Highland Park Elementary School in five weeks when the 2013-14 school year begins in Stillwater, and a construction official said the school will be ready.
“I believe (students) will be there at the start of school,” said Monty Karns of Oklahoma State Long-Range Planning.
Karns and architect Bob Schafer addressed the ongoing construction at Highland Park and Will Rogers during Tuesday night’s Stillwater Board of Education meeting.
Karns said weather always plays a factor in construction schedules, but crews are determined to meet the goal of opening the school on time.
Construction is 83 percent complete at the new school. Construction is 60 percent completed on Drury Road.
Workers have been installing furniture in the west end of the school.
“Incredible,” said Schafer.
Construction is 71 percent completed at the new Will Rogers Elementary School, which is expected to be completed shortly after school begins.
Schafer said the building is “looking fantastic” and will be “a delightful environment for the kids.”
The board approved several contracts for interior and exterior signage at the two new schools.
A $15,168 bid by Advanced Work Zone Service for signage and striping at Highland Park was approved, as well as a $19,163 bid by Lettercrafts for interior signage at Highland Park. The board also approved a $28,648 bid by AMAX Sign Company for exterior signage at Highland Park and a $12,764 bid by Lettercrafts for interior signage at Will Rogers.
In other action, the board approved a $186,503 bid for the purchase of eight transportation fleet vehicles, including mini-vans and SUVs, and a $9,000 contract with the Stillwater YMCA for the use of the pool for the swim team.