The Norman Transcript

Education

October 22, 2012

Community gets a look at new NPS facility, renovations

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NORMAN —

This year, around 465 students are attending the new school.

One Norman family toured Sunday with their first-grader, Brooke Miller, who is transferring from Madison Elementary and will begin her first day at the new school today.

“Whoa” was Brooke’s first word when she walked into the school, her parents said. They said she was excited to begin her first day of class in the new school.

Due to the new school opening, enrollment numbers at Madison Elementary are down this year, which has helped them move more students inside the main facility.

Madison Elementary Principal Pam Charlson said the school used to have seven full-time classes outside, and now they are down to three. Fifth-graders are the only ones out in the portable classrooms now.

“It helps a lot (having more students in one building),” Charlson said. Less students will have to travel through bad weather now every time they travel from the portable classrooms to the main building.

The bond also allowed Madison to make several improvements, including a new secure entry, classroom renovations, a new kitchen and other interior renovations.

Second-grader Alex McGinnis said her favorite part about the new improvements was the gym. Talk of the new playground equipment widened her eyes as well, as she nodded with excitement when asked if she was looking forward to the new equipment.

Her mother, Candace McGinnis, said she likes that they now have doors on the classrooms. Previously, the classrooms only had curtains across the doorways of the rooms.

Also touring the school with them was their neighbor, Robyn Hilger. Hilger taught for 10 years in Oklahoma City and is now serving on The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools. She said they were at Reagan earlier in the day because she wanted to see the new construction and compare it to MAPS construction going on in Oklahoma City.

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