By Mark Rountree
MORRISON, Okla. —
Patrons of Morrison Public Schools made their voices heard loud and clear in May during a school bond election.
Nearly 90 percent of the 359 voters said yes to a measure that will result in a new elementary school for students in prekindergarten through eighth-grade.
Morrison voters overwhelmingly approved the $9.3 million bond issue to build a new school that will feature 25 classrooms as well as rooms for art, band, computers, cafeteria, science lab and gymnasium.
Preliminary planning is under way and will continue at 6 p.m. Wednesday when the Morrison Board of Education meets in special session in the Administration Building, the corner of 2nd Street and C Avenue in Morrison.
Board members will have discussion relating to the construction of the new school, which will replace the existing school built in the 1950s.
The board also will discuss the hiring of a construction management firm or a general contractor for the school construction.
Morrison Superintendent Jay Vernon said an architect has drawn floor plans for the new school after consultation with school administrators and teachers.
The new school will feature several security measures, including limited entry access for visitors, magnetic locks to control front entry access, panic buttons at the front desk to alert authorities, a lock-down function on all classroom doors, key access to all exterior doors and surveillance cameras with monitors in the front office.
The new school is expected to be completed in two years, depending on weather and the bidding process.
“We hope to get started moving dirt in September,” Vernon said.