Construction on several Ardmore City Schools projects set to begin this spring.
The projects include an 800-seat performing arts center, a new gym for Jefferson Elementary School and several smaller projects on different school buildings. The projects are being funded by a $44 million bond issue passed during the last school year.
Between January and March Phoenix Construction crews plan to break ground on the Jefferson construction, and the performing arts center will take about 22 months to complete. The center will also house fine arts classrooms, dressing rooms and space to display students’ artwork.
Construction on new walkways, a crosswalk and other smaller additions at Ardmore High School will take less time to finish. ACS Superintendent Kim Holland said construction on those most likely won’t start while school is in session.
“That will depend on what the principal says,” Holland said. “They may wait to do that during summer, but that will be up to Mr. Meece and the construction manager.”
The new gym at Jefferson was added to the bond after the first version failed to win a majority of the vote. The proposal was tweaked and reintroduced.
Jefferson Elementary School’s limited parking lot will also be expanded as part of the project. Currently, the school’s parking lot is narrow and overflow parking is on the side of the road.
In addition to the bond construction projects, Ardmore High School will also add a new security camera system for next year. Ardmore Middle School received a similar update last year.
“They’re a tremendous upgrade,” Holland said.