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.