Oklahoma City Public School administrators want to spend millions of dollars to reclaim the old Central High School for their offices. Oklahoma City University also wants the building for its law school. Many current OKCPS employees say, “Let OCU have it. We don't need it.” Yes, we realize the current administration building is outdated and repairs would be cost prohibitive. However, OKCPS currently owns and maintains a building that could be renovated for much less money.
Several years ago, the board of education outsourced the warehousing of many items. Currently the existing warehouse space houses useless material that should be auctioned off. This space is using electricity, heat and air conditioning. This space could be renovated to accommodate offices. The current electric, HVAC, plumbing, paint and carpentry shops could be moved to the downstairs area. The administrators could then occupy the upstairs area and have pristine, sunlit offices. No exterior walls or support frames would need to be upgraded other than for appearance.
Ample space is available for parking and considerable land for future expansions. The existing carpenter shop would make a nice auditorium for board meetings. All administration, IT and service personnel would be centrally located and therefore much more efficient. A currently understaffed and underpaid maintenance department would only need to keep up one building instead of two.
The results are a tremendous savings in transportation and maintenance — just common sense.
Meredith Eaton, Oklahoma City