Stillwater News Press

September 11, 2013

Will Rogers Elementary will open Sept. 30

By Mark Rountree
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Students at Will Rogers Elementary School will begin classes in their new school Sept. 30.

Construction of the new school is 91 percent complete, said Monty Karns of OSU Long-Range Planning, which is consulting on the project.

Karns told the Stillwater Board of Education Tuesday the target date for opening the new school is “realistic.”

Bret Pfeifer of Selser Schafer Architects said temporary certificates of occupancy will be obtained to get the new school prepared for its grand opening.

Furniture will begin being moved into the building Monday. Teachers will move the contents of their classrooms into their new rooms starting Sept. 23. Seven days later, students report to class in their new school.

Stillwater Assistant Superintendent Terry McCarty said there are challenges  with moving into the new school because in some places it is only 7 feet away from the construction.

“It will have to be coordinated, otherwise, (it) will just be full of congestion,” McCarty said.

He said that coordination likely will include having certain grade levels move on one night and other grade levels move other nights.

Karns said there are approximately 120 workers on the Will Rogers construction site.

Students at Highland Park Elementary School started the fall semester in their new school on Drury Road even though minor construction projects were yet to be completed.

Karns said Tuesday night the school is 99 percent completed. Board members toured Highland Park in a special session at the school late Tuesday afternoon to review a list of punch list items still to be completed, including such things as signs on classroom doors, painting, trim work and baseboard installation.

McCarty said Highland Park will close at 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and re-open Sept. 22 to allow contractors to work on punch list items.

Karns said road improvements at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Drury Road will be completed in three weeks. Motorists experienced significant traffic congestion at the intersection during the first several days of school.