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January 9, 2014

Construction continues in Marlow as deadline nears

MARLOW — Construction on the new wing at Marlow Elementary should be completed by the end of the school year and ready when school resumes in August, school superintendent George Coffman said Wednesday.

The $14 million project, approved by voters in 2011, will allow the Marlow school district to replace the 1952-era fifth grade building and three portable buildings that served as as pre-kindergarten classrooms.

In their place will be 53,000 square feet of new space that will include school offices, a library, two computer labs and classrooms for kindergarten students and grades one through three.

Interactive Smart Board technology will be in classrooms and colorful tile patterns will adorn the hallways.

“It will be a colorful, creative building I hope will last past my lifetime,” Coffman said. “I hope it’s something the community can be proud of.”

The library will be about three times the size of the old library.

Interior classrooms will be constructed as saferooms with reinforced concrete and steel. Each interior classroom door will have doors that weigh 150 pounds and can be bolted against strong winds.

The new wing will replace three portable buildings were used more than 15 years and the fifth grade building that dated all the way back to 1952, when Harry Truman was the president.

Coffman said the project is developing quickly.

“We’re working mostly on the interior right now,” Coffman said. “We have some work to do to the exterior, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating. But we’re on track to be done by the end of April, beginning of May.

“It’s starting to come together. We will be ready for the first day of school in August.”

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