MIDWEST CITY — Construction and renovation continues at many sites in the Midwest City-Del City School District, affecting everything from student drop-off locations and parking to new student enrollment.
“It feels a little chaotic, but it's an exciting time,” said Carrie Newnam, director of student accounting for Mid-Del schools.
Friday is the first day of school.
Two new elementary schools are under construction, and all the district's 27 schools will be updated or renovated.
“The kids went home for summer, and the next day they (workers) were literally starting construction,” school spokeswoman Stacey Boyer said.
Boyer said construction areas have been blocked off so students cannot enter, and many evacuation plans have been redone.
At Del City Elementary, 2400 Epperly Drive, the southwest parking lot will not be accessible to parents during construction. Student pickup will be on the north and south sides of the building. The playground also is being relocated.
At East Side Elementary, 600 N Key Blvd., the parking lot will require patience and cooperation from parents because it is also a construction entrance, Boyer said. A new school is being built near East Side.
To improve the flow of vehicles through the area, the traffic direction has been changed at Epperly Heights Elementary, 3805 Del Road. The new north parking lot will not be open until after school begins, and the front entrance and office areas have been relocated. There is a new entrance on the west side of the building.
A new school is being built at Soldier Creek Elementary, 9021 SE 15. Drop-off and pickup for students is in the east parking lot or at the church parking lot east of the school. The west parking lot will not be available, and the school playground also is being relocated.
Because of construction and the selling of some buildings, there is no longer a centralized enrollment building for new students.
Newnam said each student will enroll at the school site he or she plans to attend. Schools handle enrollment from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and students should be enrolled before the first day of school.
The growing district has about 14,600 students. Newnam said she anticipates enrollment will increase by 50 to 100 students this year. More than half the district's students are enrolled in elementary schools.
All the new construction and upgrades are a result of a $90.5 million bond measure passed in September. The bond measure will last up to seven years and was approved by more than 80 percent of the vote.