EDMOND — Cynthia Benson took her seat on the Edmond School Board this week, and within an hour joined other board members in approving millions of dollars worth of construction and remodeling projects.
Benson, 44, won a five-year term on the board in last month’s election, defeating incumbent Stephanie Bills.
Projects approved Monday included remodeling work to cost $2.2 million at Edmond North High School and $1.3 million at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
At Edmond North, improvements will include installing terrazzo flooring in the auditorium floor to match the flooring in the existing school, renovating the west main hallway and renovating the schools’ original science classrooms.
At Santa Fe High School, improvements include expansion of the freshman academy cafeteria, renovation of the main restrooms, wrestling locker room and practice rooms, renovation of the main gym lobby and restrooms and replacement of the flooring in the auditorium, band, orchestra, music and drama rooms.
Final approval was also given for the design for a new 120,000-square-foot Heartland Middle School.
Bret Towne, assistant superintendent for general administration, said Heartland will cost the district between $20 million and $22 million. Heartland will be built near Pennsylvania between Covell and Danforth.
School officials had hoped to have the school ready to open by the fall of 2015. Because of weather delays on Heritage Elementary construction, Heartland’s opening date was moved from to the fall of 2016.
Towne showed the designs for Heartland and noted dropoff lanes for more than 100 cars. There was some board concern that cars could stretch back onto the busy Pennsylvania Avenue, clogging traffic. Superintendent David Goin said the district would work with Oklahoma City and Edmond officials on the traffic logistics.
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