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June 30, 2013

Construction continues for Marlow Elementary

MARLOW — Marlow Elementary new wing is becoming a reality.

The building, which will house pre-kindergarten through third-graders, will replace the Fifth Grade Building, which was constructed in 1952, and portable buildings, which have been used for pre-k classes.

“It’s going pretty good,” Superintendent George Coffman said. “They’re putting up steel. It’s pretty steady.”

The construction project was made possible of a $14.155 million bond approved during an election in September 2011. Dirt work began in January this year, and the project has continued to progress. Walls are being constructed and the building is beginning to take shape.

Coffman said steel has been added to the construction, which will help reinforce the structure. The building will be complete with safe rooms, which could be used in case of a tornado.

“We’re hoping to have it built by this time next year for the next school year,” Coffman said.

The project is something Coffman said was overdue. While the Fifth Grade Building is more than 60 years old, the portable buildings have been in use for 15 years. Usually, portable or temporary buildings are only used for five to 10 years.

He said he’s ready to get the pre-k classes out of the portable buildings and into new classrooms.

“It’s something that’s been needed for a long time,” Coffman said.

Although it has taken a while to get to this point, he said he’s excited to see all the work going into the project. Various machinery has been brought in to bring the project to life, including a crane.

Tuesday, during the Marlow City Council’s regular meeting, the council members approved closing down a section of Seventh Street, from Cherokee to Cheyenne, to allow the construction workers to move trusses and steel beams across the street. This section of road will be reopened by the school state date, which will be Aug. 15.

The section of road is used mostly for school purposes, Mayor Bob Hill said during the meeting.

“I don’t think it will bother anybody,” Hill said.

The closing of this section of road, signaled with orange traffic cones, is another move toward the development of the project. Coffman said things are continuing to develop.

“Every day, it’s changing a little bit,” Coffman said. “Progress is happening.”

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