By Danny Jardine, senior vice president, Carter
ATLANTA (Feb. 22, 2011) – As our project team celebrates its one year anniversary as program manager for the Enid Public Schools’ 2010 Bond Program, there are many exciting developments to report. Despite an extremely cold and snowy winter, all projects are still on schedule with many even under budget. On the whole, the program is currently $3.2 million under budget and looking to return even more money in the future. To Enid Public Schools, this means additional bond dollars that can be used towards other school needs and projects.
A year ago, the city passed a $99 million bond issue to add two new schools while renovating and adding to other schools in the district by the fall of 2013. Carter is proud to manage all of the Enid Public Schools’ bond projects and within this first year, 88% of work was either completed, in design or under construction. Five major construction projects at 16 schools totaling $2.14 million have been completed. Additionally, eight major construction projects are underway at 25 schools and seven major design projects are in progress at seven schools. Site selection for the two new elementary schools is complete and now those designs are in process.
The new Garfield Elementary school, which is replacing a current elementary school, is the first new school built by district since 1963 and is currently tracking $1 million under budget. Located four blocks northwest of the existing facility, the new building will house 600 students from preschool through fifth grade. Prairie View Elementary is a new school that will instruct an additional 600 students in the district. With 76% of projects under design, 2011 plans to be an exciting year of further progress and development within Enid Public Schools. Our team looks forward to further success within this program. Thanks Enid Public Schools for being such a great partner!