Kingston Public Schools' new multi purpose facility

KINGSTON, OK - Kingston Public Schools returned to class yesterday and there were plenty of changes waiting for them, including a new 75,000 square foot building.

"I know the first day of school everyone was excited to be here and just be in the new building," Kingston High School senior Kaitlin McCorstin said.

McCorstin said her favorite part of the Kingston Public Schools new facility is the gymnasium.

"I'm really excited to come to the games here, it is going to be really nice and a lot cooler than the old gym and just fun," she said.

But the 1,300 occupancy gym isn't the only new thing for the school.

"We have a cafeteria slash auditorium," Superintendent Jay McAdams said. "The auditorium is around a 750 seat auditorium, which we will be able to do band concerts, musicals, plays for our students."

The Kingston Community voted to approve the bond in 2008.

It also includes a band practice room that doubles as a safe room guarding the students from tornadoes.

McAdams said he wants the community to know -- it's their facility as well.

"This is Kingston Public School's to take care of, but we understand the community was the one who paid for it and this is open to the community," McAdams said. "We are opening it up at 6 a.m. and from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. we will have a walking track open to the community."

McAdams said the building could host events like banquets and family reunions also.

He said Marshall County may be one of Oklahoma's smaller counties, but he hopes the building will encourage people to visit.

"What we are wanting to do is to bring in as many people to Marshall County, especially in the Kingston area as we possibly can," he said. "Not only show case this facility and our school, but to also showcase our community."

"I'm definitely excited to be a senior and having this new building here makes it even more great," McCorstin said.

McAdams said he's wanted to build a new facility since November 2007.

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