STILLWATER, Okla. —
Will Rogers elementary has a curved design to match the river on the north side. It is two stories, with the community access area on the west side. Will Rogers is expected to open Sept. 6.
“We’re starting in the old school for two weeks,” Ryan said.
Baze compared Highland Park to a bird. You’ve got two wings and then the body, he said. The body will be the area open to the public. Each grade level has a specific color scheme with furniture to match. The school is projected to be complete Aug. 12. Faculty will have eight days to move in and set up before the first day of school on August 20.
Both schools have classrooms of about 1,000 square feet. They are built to hold 600 students. The windows can withstand winds up to 90 miles per hour. Both schools also feature safety hallways. These hallways are built of thick concrete with hurricane doors at each end to close off the area. The hurricane doors can withstand winds of hurricane forces. Access to the schools will also be through faculty ID cards rather than a traditional lock and key system. Ryan said if this is effective then they will look into replicating it at the older buildings too.
Will Rogers and Highland Park were chosen to be rebuilt because they were in the worst condition. Ryan said they were not effective and didn’t have the right spaces.
“They were not designed for a 2013 school,” Ryan said. “They were designed for 1950.”