The Norman Transcript


November 13, 2013

City council approves Rose Rock elementary



Attorney Blaine Nice, representing the school, said he didn’t think anyone saw the thunderstorm that came from the school’s plans.

“Is it perfect? No,” Nice said, “but it’s a great use of this historic property.”

Dee Fink, a neighbor of the school’s proposed site, said he was first opposed to the project but he now supported it after they reduced the number of students allowed.

“I would rather have Rose Rock than the unknown,” he said.

Kovach said voting on this application was difficult.

He said the traffic and stormwater impact was negligible, but the zoning issue troubled him.

“These people have demonstrated they want to work with their neighbors,” Kovach said, noting that he changed his vote four times Tuesday night.

Council member Miller, a longtime Norman educator, said she didn’t have traffic concerns. She said traffic at other schools was more of an issue.

“This one doesn’t hold a candle to the others,” she said. “I don’t see how traffic is an impact here.”

Miller said schools belonged in neighborhoods and this was a unique site.

Williams said he also had changed his vote several times during Tuesday night’s debate. He said it was a hard choice after listening to two passionate sides make their points.

Castleberry said the Rose Rock School was a great project, but he had concerns about amending the council’s 2025 plan.

Heiple said he supported the project and thought it was a good exercise in democracy.

Senior reporter Joy Hampton contributed to this story.

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