Friday, 30 October 2020

Upgrades funded by bond issues begin in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — One project funded by a $5.575 million bond issue could be ready for swimmers by the start of the school year, officials say.

However, other bond issue projects likely would not be completed for another two years, Assistant Fort Gibson Superintendent Tom Stiles said. 

Voters approved a bond issue package in March that included one proposition for more than $5 million for building and technology upgrades. Improvements include repairs to the swimming pool, carpet replacement across the district, a new bus maintenance facility and remodeling the administration building and surrounding parking area.

Another proposition included $925,000 for new route buses and activity buses.

“The staging of our projects all spins off of when we received the bond money, which was June 14,” Stiles said. “We did a lot of work before that to be able to start on it.”

He said the preparation involved a lot of paperwork.

Stiles said work has begun to replaster the swimming pool. He said he expects the pool to be refilled by July 24.

The Early Learning Center is scheduled to get new carpeting this week, he said.

He said the work on the different projects depends on when Fort Gibson students and staff are present and how long the projects take.

“Some of the things we are doing, for sure, we are creating a new classroom in our agricultural building,” Stiles said. “We’re going to be adding to the barn at the ag building.”

The district also is taking bids on a new bus barn and turf on the baseball infield, he said.

“We are putting on a new roof at what we call the high school annex, which houses the football locker room, coaches office and wrestling room,” he said, adding that five new heating/ventilation/air conditioning units will be installed on the roof.

There also will be six new HVAC units at the middle school annex.

Other summer bond projects include replacing the walking track and sanding the basketball court at Harrison Field House.

“And, we’re putting up a new scoreboard/video board,” Stiles said.

Other bond issue projects could take longer.

Stiles said work on the administration building will not start until next year.

Proposed remodeling includes moving the administration building entrance to face South Ross Street and adding a parking and driving area between the building and Ross. 

The parking and driving area between the administration building and high school/middle school cafeteria would be converted into a student mall. Stiles said the reconfiguration could help control vehicular access to the campus during the school day.

Spaulding writes for Muskogee Phoenix, a CNHI News Service publication.


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