OKC School Board approves portable classrooms for overcrowded elementary schools

The Oklahoma City School Board on Monday approved a $924,000 contract with Palomar Modular Buildings and Structures of DeSoto, Texas, to buy six portable classrooms — one each for Westwood, Southern Hills, Prairie Queen, Linwood, Adams and Lee elementary schools.
by Tim Willert Modified: June 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm •  Published: June 2, 2014

Oklahoma City Public Schools is going to spend more than $900,000 on portable classrooms to help ease overcrowding at six elementary schools, including five on the district’s south side.

The school board Monday approved a contract with Palomar Modular Buildings and Structures of DeSoto, Texas, to buy six portables — one each for Westwood, Southern Hills, Prairie Queen, Linwood, Adams and Lee elementary schools.

The $924,000 price tag will include delivery and installation of the buildings, which are expected to be in place by Aug. 4 for the start of a new school year.

Bond funds will pay for the buildings, officials said.

All but one of the buildings contains four classrooms and a restroom. Lee’s new annex will contain two classrooms and a restroom. Linwood is on the city’s northwest side.

“We’re going to have to have them,” said board member Ron Millican, who represents Lee and Southern Hills.

In March, the board approved a plan to alleviate elementary school overcrowding by realigning school boundaries, adding portable classrooms and closing Jackson Middle School and reopening it in August as Columbus Elementary.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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