Sand Springs Public Schools officials didn’t waste any time after school let out for summer to begin work on the new Central Ninth Grade Center/STEM Academy on the Charles Page High School campus.

Sand Springs Superintendent Sherry Durkee said construction workers began breaking ground around the week of June 3 and school district and city officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony June 11. The Board of Education approved an agreement with LD Kerns Contractors for construction management services on the project back in May.

The project is part of a bond package voters passed in March with 93 percent and 91 percent of the vote, respectively. The proposals reportedly called for $32.85 million in improvements over nine years without raising taxes.

“We want to thank the community for the historic bond passage,” Sand Springs Board of Education President Jackie Wagnon said.

Superintendent Sherry Durkee said the project is on schedule to open in the fall of 2020.

“It’s a well-oiled machine,” Durkee said of the process.

Charles Page High School Principal Stan Trout said the administration and attendance offices were moved to other parts of the building while construction is ongoing.

Trout said they plan to modify the student and public entrance to be on the east side of the building off the student parking lot.

Durkee said the turf replacement project at Memorial Stadium is nearly finished as well.

Other projects that are part of the 2019 bond proposal include a new gym/storm shelter at Angus Valley Elementary, bleachers for the Garfield gym, electrical upgrades at Limestone Technology Academy, playground updates for Northwoods Fine Arts Academy, playground equipment for the Early Childhood Education Center, an ADA-accessible bathroom for Pratt Elementary, removal of Louvers on front windows at Clyde Boyd Middle School, kitchen equipment for all sites, equipment including band uniforms, wrestling mats and elementary music equipment, additional space for the drama department, sound system upgrades to auditoriums and Ed Dubie Field House, re-grading at the baseball and softball stadiums, district HVAC and roofing maintenance, technology hardware and systems software for the district, curriculum (books and digital curriculum) for all sites, media center materials, painting, pavement, electrical and plumbing maintenance.

Rachel Snyder 918-581-8315

rachel.snyder@sandspringsleader.com