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August 24, 2013

Noble Schools host open house

NORMAN — Three years ago, Noble approved $23 million for school district improvements. Now the construction is nearly complete and the school district is sponsoring an open house to showcase new facilities. The free community event will be held Saturday at the high school, 4601 E. Etowah Rd., from 5-7 p.m. A pep rally will follow at the high school stadium.

Greg Kasbaum, Associate Superintendent, said the new facilities include a new cafeteria and commons area, 11 additional classrooms at the high school, which includes three technology rooms—two computer labs and one distance learning room. All of the exterior corridors have been turned into interior hallways, providing a cleaner environment that can be air-conditioned as well as providing additional security for teachers and students. Kasbaum said many fire control upgrades have been made as well.

The new athletic complex is “just a beautiful, beautiful facility” Kasbaum sad. There is a two-story glass overlook at the north end zone of the building, which provides a view of the new patio area and the field with artificial turf sporting a large, 42-foot logo. Further, there’s a new ticketing book and spirit store and the press box has been remodeled. There’s new sod at the remodeled stadium with all new concessions and a patio. A state-of-the-art weight training facility is ready for use and on the second floor, along with a meeting area, there’s an indoor walking track. The artificial turf is great for soccer and football. In fact, Noble High has been chosen to host both the 5A and 6A soccer championship games this year.

Kasbaum said the new baseball field is about 75 percent complete, with only press boxes and concessions to add. There are big changes at Hubbard, too, where a new library, offices and classrooms were added.

“Dreams do come true,” Kasbaum said. “It’s amazing. Our community supported this bond issue at 83 percent. We have magnificent support from our community.”

The facilities are about 98 to 99 percent done, Kasbaum said, adding that only a few punch items remained.

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