Oklahoma City Public Schools and suburban school districts are nearing the finish line of MAPS for Kids, a $700 million tax project that rebuilt crumbling schools into the modern era.
“We are towards the end of the program,” MAPS Program Manager David Todd said. “We’ve opened, remodeled and built new a lot of schools. We’ve still got a lot going on but they’re going to be winding up soon.”
A few buildings — mostly middle schools — are still in the design process, Todd said. A few have yet to be designed.
Remodel work has ranged from cutting-edge technology to revamped gyms to new classrooms.
Entire buildings and stadiums have been built, Todd said.
“The MAPS for Kids project provided the opportunity for 43,000 OKCPS students to attend school in a safe and aesthetically pleasing learning environment,” said Jim Burkey, chief operating officer for Oklahoma City Public Schools. “This is a project the community should be proud of and something our students richly deserve.”
In addition to Oklahoma City Public Schools, MAPS for Kids funding was available to 23 suburban school districts that have students who live in Oklahoma City.
“It gives the children a much better educational environment but it also helps with the economy and the construction business,” Todd said.
“Any time a child gets in an environment it certainly gives them much more pride in that building. I think it helps with that learning environment.”