Calera breaks ground for new gym, classrooms

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

CALERA, OK -- Last fall, Calera school supporters dug in their heels and passed a multi-million dollar bond.

On Tuesday, the same supporters proudly dug in their shovels.

Supporters say former Mayor James Eaton was critical in getting the bond passed.

"I'm just glad to see that we're getting the ground breaking and starting on the project," he said.

Superintendent Gerald Parks said the new building will include a new gym and four classrooms for junior high students.

"So this will give them more of a time-frame to adjust and adapt to the high school environment before they get put in with the high school and the sports and everything else," he said.

Parks said adding the classrooms was crucial to getting voters to approve the $2.4 million bond.

"I had a lot of people tell me we will support this if you add something besides just a gymnasium," he said.

Eaton said the new building will do more than just expand the school - it'll help build up the city as well.

"You've got people moving into town and building new houses. They kinda look at the school, especially if they got young kids, they want to look at the school before they make a commitment," he said.

Workers wasted no time getting started...bull-dozing concrete immediately after the ceremony.

"I get asked three or four times a day when are we gonna get started, when are we gonna see dirt being moved," Parks said.

Parks said he hopes to have the gym completed for next year's graduation. He expects the class rooms to be ready for the start of the 2014 school year.

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