The historic former Central High School may soon return to the Oklahoma City Public Schools system as it seeks to acquire the landmark for its administrative offices.
Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Karl Springer confirmed negotiations are ongoing to buy the former school at 800 N Harvey Ave. as he successfully sought $1.5 million in tax increment financing Wednesday for the proposed new administrative headquarters from a review committee consisting of representatives of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, CareerTech and the Metropolitan Library System.
Offices under one roof
“It's a magnificent facility,” Springer said. “We see it as a great opportunity to move our administration into the building, and work to get other entities that have to do with education under the same roof.”
Springer noted MAPS for Kids included funding for remodeling of the current school administration building at NW 9 and Klein west of downtown. Springer noted the former junior high school has insufficient parking and has the administrative offices spread out over three buildings.
“Where we are right now, we could refurbish it, but in 10 to 15 years we would be right back where we are now,” Springer said.
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The current headquarters
If the Oklahoma City Public Schools administrative operations relocate to the old Central High School, superintendent Karl Springer believes the current headquarters at NW 9 and Klein, a former junior high school, could once again see students filling its hallways. Potential reuses include existing charter schools seeking more space or a school that caters to the district's growing Hispanic-speaking population.