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June 21, 2013

Woodrow Wilson renovates school gym

DUNCAN —

When Woodrow Wilson Elementary students return to school in August, they may notice something different.
This summer, the school has been having its gym remodeled. This includes fresh paint and new carpeting. The school will also have the stage in the gym resurfaced.
“It’s gone quickly,” Principal Carol Phipps said. “There’s only one more step until the whole gym remodel is complete.”
The gym isn’t the first upgrade made to the school since Phipps became principal. In fact, each summer Phipps takes on a different project. The first of those projects was a renovation to the office space and restrooms.
Last year, the school renovated the teacher’s lounge and several classrooms. Phipps said there will always be a need for work to the school because the building is in constant use.
“There are projects we can do every summer,” she said.
Phipps said this year’s project vastly improved the look of the gym. She said she didn’t realize how bad the carpeting was in the gym until it was changed.
The paint also provided a fresh look to the gym walls. But the fresh coat of paint gave her an idea for a potential project for next summer. She said the hallway walls could use a fresh coat of paint.
When it comes to this year’s project, Phipps is ready to get the project done, although she knows there’s not much work left until project completion. The only step remaining is the resurfacing of the stage.
“That will be finished before school starts,” Phipps said.
The work to the Woodrow Wilson gym is the biggest project this summer at any of the Duncan elementary schools. Emerson Elementary is replacing some of the school’s carpeting.
The Duncan High School is about to undergo renovations to the Main Building, as part of a bond issue approved by Duncan voters Feb. 14, 2012. The Halliburton Stadium press box is also being renovated this summer, and the structure has been removed.
Phipps said she thinks student response will be positive for the work done at the Woodrow Wilson gym.
“I think the kids will be excited,” she said.

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