MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

August 25, 2013

Two bond issue projects could be finished by Nov.

By Cathy Spaulding
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Two projects funded by Muskogee Public Schools’ $47.5 million bond issue could be finished by the middle of November.

The first project to be completed are two air conditioning cooling towers for Muskogee High School, said MPS Facilities and Maintenance Director Wayne Johnson. The towers replace units that would not function if temperatures got above 95 degrees, he said.

The two cooling towers cost $48,000 and will cool MHS units A, B and C, Johnson said. They are due to be delivered around Sept. 17. District crews will install one tower, so it could operate while the other is being installed, Johnson said.

“We’re saving $35,000 by installing the system ourselves,” he said, adding that installation should take a few weeks.

The district’s Board of Education Service and Technology (BEST) Center should have its new elevator by the end of October or early November, Johnson said. MPS administrative offices are at the BEST Center.

The Muskogee Board of Education approved a bid of $76,664 from Texas Independent Elevator last week. Johnson said the district needs to finish paperwork, and installation should be completed within 60 days after that.

The BEST Center’s old elevator was losing hydraulic fluid, putting it at risk of falling three stories if levels got too low.  The elevator was shut down about a month ago. People could not ride it, but it could carry cargo, Johnson said.

As a result, the elevator upgrade was put on a fast track to be completed, Johnson said.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.