Twenty-six of Edmond Public Schools' 30 brick-and-mortar campuses are receiving bond-funded renovations and upgrades this summer.
“We always try to complete as many projects as possible during the summer months when students are out of class to minimize disruptions to learning,” associate superintendent Justin Coffelt said.
A few of the bond-funded projects under construction or nearing completion this summer include the following:
- Upgraded classrooms, corridors, restrooms, cabinets, doors, LED lighting, and ceilings: Northern Hills, Sunset, Ida Freeman, Chisholm, Clegern, Angie Debo, Washington Irving, Charles Haskell, and Will Rogers Elementary schools
- Classroom addition, plus renovation to math and science classrooms and cafeteria at Edmond Santa Fe High School
- Cafeteria and Phase II of Siberian gym renovations at Edmond North High School
- Classroom addition at Redbud Elementary
- Improvement or installation of new HVAC systems at Sequoyah Middle School, Central Middle School, Edmond Memorial High School, and Santa Fe High School.
- Paving and parking improvements at Boulevard Academy, Frontier Elementary, John Ross Elementary, and Edmond Memorial High School.
- New annex and parking improvements at the EPS Administrative Center
Bond funds are used to upgrade existing facilities and build new schools across the district. The passage of more than 61 consecutive bond issues provides Edmond schools with some of the best facilities in the region.
“We are fortunate to have tremendous community support,” Superintendent Angela Grunewald said. “We don’t take for granted that our stakeholders invest in education and we work hard to ensure that bond funds are spent wisely and used to address the greatest needs in our district.”
As one of the largest districts in the state, Edmond’s campuses serve more than 26,000 students and 3,000 staff members.
“Numerous studies show that the physical environment and facilities affect learning and student achievement,” Coffelt noted. “We endeavor to provide equity in facilities while taking into account the growth in student population at each site and the corresponding need for classrooms and ancillary spaces.”