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.”
Marlow Elementary new wing is becoming a reality.
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City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
Schools return to session
Area students will be returning to classes this morning, following Tuesday’s roadway thaw.
Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, Empire, Velma-Alma, Central High and Bray-Doyle school districts will return to school, following several days without class because of inclement weather.
Council approves root cutter to aid sanitary sewer system
By spending $4,117.60 to purchase a root cutter, the City of Duncan hopes to have an easier time maintaining the sanitary sewer system.
Duncan City Council members discussed and approved the purchase of the root cutter from USA Blue Book during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The purchase reflected one of two bids received on the project, although four companies were approached to bid. The other bid received was from J&R Equipment in the amount of $4,836.
Babineaux sentenced in armed robberies
A Duncan teenager was sentenced Monday for his role in a series of armed robberies of convenience stores earlier this year.
Tre Demetrius Babineaux, 18, was one of four Duncan teens arrested in relation to three armed robberies that took place toward the end of March. The other teens included Dakota John Smith, 19; Quincy Sahtoren Barnes, 20; and Peyton Thad Graham, 20.
Babineaux was the only one charged as a youthful offender.
Tree, Wreath Auction has highest grossing year yet
The Tree and Wreath Auction had its best year even, garnering $3,335 for its grand total.
The auction, which is a collaborative effort between the Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Simmons Center, raises funds for area charities. This was the 12th year for the silent auction event.
Items, including decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and various other goodies, were donated and auctioned with the funds going toward selected charities. For instance, the Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society donated items with the Stephens County Humane Society as the benefactor.
Christmas Auction raises $30,000 to help local children
Though there are some pledges still out, the annual Christmas Auction was deemed successful after raising more than $32,000 last week.
All 400 plus donation items were sold during the five-night event, which was turned over the Duncan Rotary Club this year. It was previously run by the Duncan Jaycees Club.
“All of the items sold, most of them for retail value,” said Cindy Reynolds, auction chairperson. “We’re pleased with the outcome.”
Duncan school board to discuss possible bond issue
Another bond issue may be on the horizon for Duncan Public Schools.
Tuesday’s meeting will explore the possibility of adding a safe/art room at the Duncan High School. This would be contingent on the passage of a bond issue April 2014.
PBK Architect and CMS Willowbrook, both companies involved in the renovation process at the Duncan High School, will be giving a presentation about the DHS safe/art room project to the Duncan Board of Education.
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