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MAPS renovation offers no hope for clinic at Oklahoma City school

The $4.4 million renovation of Emerson Alternative High School does not include rebuilding the old health clinic. Officials say it won't be included because it isn't part of the school right now.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: June 13, 2011

Emerson Alternative High School is one of the last buildings to be remodeled as part of the Oklahoma City schools districtwide MAPS for Kids renovation.

Advocates hoped that renovation plan would include a new health clinic to replace the one that closed two years ago. But the $4.4 million renovation won't include a new clinic.

The reason: the clinic isn't open right now, said Eric Wenger, program manager for the MAPS Trust.

“They don't currently have a clinic,” Wenger said. “That's the primary reason that the space isn't currently included as a current MAPS project.”

Emerson Alternative High School is the oldest building in the Oklahoma City School District.

Built in 1894, Emerson is the only school still in use dating from the 1800s.

A fire leveled the structure in the early 1900s, and it was rebuilt in 1907.

The school is home to two programs — one for pregnant and parenting girls and another for troubled teens.

Renovation program

MAPS for Kids is a sales tax program that generated $700 million to renovate more than 100 schools in the Oklahoma City area.

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