MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Fort Gibson

July 29, 2013

School projects ‘moving along’

— By Wendy Burton

Times Editor

Multiple projects under way at Fort Gibson Public Schools represent the last of an old school bond issue and the first of many projects to come under a new bond issue.

Workers began working on the Early Learning Center roof last week and the high school football field the week before.

Both projects are part of the $4.82 million bond voters approved in March.

The football field’s grass surface has been stripped and dirt work is under way before artificial turf is installed.

The track is closed to walkers because of the work.

“It’s moving along very well. They anticipate being done about Aug. 12,” Superintendent Derald Glover said.

Glover said not all of the projects will be completed by the time school starts Aug. 16.

After the ELC roof is complete, work will begin on the Harrison Field House roof, Glover said. The field house roofing project may not be finished by the time school starts, but won’t interfere with classes if it’s not, he said.

The field house also will get a new boiler and chiller.

The final project left from the last school bond issue will begin some time this week, he said.

The high school auditorium will soon get new seats and carpeting as well, although the work may not be complete before school starts.

Glover said the auditorium project is the last to be done from the $5.3 million bond issue voters passed in 2009.

The remainder of the recent $5.4 million bond passed in March will go to technology, a robotics lab expansion, repairs and upgrades to the district security and phone systems, carpeting at the middle school and band instruments, uniforms and lockers.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton @muskogeephoenix.com.

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