NORMAN — Every school in the Norman School District will open its doors Sunday so residents can see what their bond money has paid for, school officials said. Open houses will begin at 2 p.m., immediately following a public dedication of the newest elementary school.
Dedication of Ronald Reagan Elementary School at 1601 24th Ave. SE will be at 1:30 p.m. at the school.
The open houses will be come-and-go affairs to showcase improvements and expansions at all the schools, funded through a $109 million bond issue approved by voters in December 2009. The bond issue was the largest ever passed in the district.
Nearly all the projects have been completed and, by law, all will be completed by the end of December, Superintendent Joe Siano said.
Siano said postcards were mailed to every address in Norman “because we wanted everyone in the community, not just parents of enrolled students, to see what their taxpayer dollars supported and to see the quality of the workmanship.”
Improvements range from new entryways, expanded lobbies, new offices, flooring, lighting, classrooms, gymnasiums, cafeterias, technology and lockers to the brand-new Ronald Reagan Elementary School, he said.
School Board President Darry Stacy said he hoped the open houses would inspire a large turnout and serve as a catalyst for more dialogue on how the district should make improvements in future years.
“It is important the community see firsthand what their investment in Norman's schools has accomplished and to know the district and board of education have been loyal stewards of their tax dollars,” Stacy said.
Stacy said the district faces other capital needs, and the board would like to hear input from members of the community about their concerns and desires for future development.