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Norman City Council to consider request for private school's expansion

City council members will consider a request from Community Christian School for a special-use permit to expand its high school.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: July 24, 2012
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— Community Christian School, a private school on Broce Drive, just east of N Interstate Drive, wants to renovate and expand an existing building to accommodate a growing number of high school students.

City council members Tuesday will consider the school's request for a special-use permit to remodel 14,592 square feet of existing space and add another 16,970 square feet to the building.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building's council chambers, 201 W Gray St.

School officials say capital campaigns the past few years have netted enough money to buy an adjoining 2.8 acres of land for the expansion. The addition would house the school's 100 high school students and provide space eventually for a high school population of about 400.

Also on Tuesday's agenda is a request from Jennifer Ladd to rezone property at 8809 Alameda Drive to allow for a riding academy and stable.

Ladd is a licensed social worker who wants to offer equine therapy to patients, primarily children. She already owns several horses but needs rezoning and a special-use permit to add a new corral and open the riding academy.

In other business, a public hearing is scheduled on the proposed use of grant money awarded to Norman police through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program, administered by the U.S. Justice Department.

The department wants to use an $11,636 grant to pay for advanced police training and buy several personal computers and ballistic shields.

Council members also will consider declaring property at 503 W Daws St. a public nuisance. A detached garage at that address was damaged by a fire in 2010 and needs to be removed or repaired, officials say.

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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