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October 22, 2012

Community gets a look at new NPS facility, renovations

NORMAN — Community gets a look at new NPS facility, renovations

Members of the community toured Norman Public Schools during an open house Sunday.

The open house allowed people to see renovations and improvements made in the schools since a $109 million bond passed in 2009. Part of that bond went to the newest elementary school in the district, Ronald Reagan Elementary.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in front of a hallway in the new school, and the district formally dedicated Ronald Reagan Elementary just before the open house. Elementary supervisor Celeste Scott said she had never been part of opening a new school and it has been “very exciting.”

“I think the community will benefit from (Reagan) because they get to see what the vision of the future of education will be for Norman Public Schools,” Scott said.

Scott added, in the words of NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano, what a treasure it is for students walking through the halls every day and having the most up-to-date facility.

With the open house, community members got to walk through the halls for the first time and see what the facility offers.

“Overall, we really enjoyed it,” said Beth Murray, of Norman.

Nicki Lorenzen, who toured the school with Murray, said she liked the layout and the brightness of everything. Both women also thought the library, technology center and new interactive boards were great.

One thing Lorenzen really loved was having different pick-up areas for students. As a grandmother, she said it will be great not having to wait in line so long on days she picks up her grandson when he begins school.

There are different pick-up areas for those attending day care, those departing on the bus and those being picked up by parents, she said.

“The walkers even have a different departure,” Lorenzen said.

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