Jarman Middle School in Midwest City getting a makeover

Midwest City-Del City maintenance crew began renovations on the school Monday under the district's new beautification and improvement program.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Niqbal@opubco.com Published: June 25, 2013

Mike Bryan, director of maintenance and construction, said project materials alone cost the district $65,000, money left over from a retired bond issue.

The district's maintenance team will address nearly 300 work order requests that have been compiled throughout the years at Jarman.

Projects include painting, installing window blinds and ceiling tiles, baseboard repairs, wallboard replacement, door and window repairs, guttering upgrades, tree removal, as well as plumbing, mechanical and electrical issues.

Among those working at the school is Kenny Long, 55, who has been a cabinet maker for the school district for five years. His sons — Bryan, 27, a locksmith, and Kevin, 20, an electrician — work with him.

Long said he hopes to share the same purpose he feels for his work with his sons.

“It's more than just putting in a screw or diving a nail. It's about making our future stronger,” he said. “I know it's not our job to teach this generation, to pass our knowledge on to them. But it's our job to give them an environment they can learn in.”