Chickasha Public Schools is approaching a very important date in the history of our school district.
On April 6, the community will determine if it will approve a new 61,000-square-foot Early Childhood Center without a tax credit.
It has been more than 60 years since this community has invested in a new elementary school.
I have had the pleasure of raising all three of my sons in this outstanding community.
In my 27 years working in Chickasha, I have always been aware of the progressive nature of the citizens of Chickasha.
The public school system is a key component of our quality of life.
The board of education and staff are committed to becoming an organization that promotes excellence in all areas. This includes standards, curriculum and instruction, assessment, policy and governance, professional staff, resources, family and community.
These components must be integrated in the improvement process so that we may build a strong school culture that fosters professional and student growth.
Facilities fall under the resource area of our organization.
Chickasha Public Schools has made some amazing improvements to our facilities in the past five years.
The High School Activity Center is one of the finest in the state. Many community events have taken place in this facility since its opening.
Two years ago, the community supported a bond issue to renovate and add on to the high school.
These renovations were much needed and have added learning space that will allow our students to compete and excel.
A new Early Childhood Center will allow us to reconfigure our elementary schools.
This reconfiguration will promote unity and teamwork among staff, students, and parents.
All of the students in Pre K – 1st grades would attend class at the new site.
The new site will be located directly south of Grand Elementary, and will have several classes that will be shared between the buildings. Physical Education, Health, Music, and Library classes will be sharing areas in the new site.
A traffic study was also completed as a part of the new design.
There will be designated bus and car rider pick up lanes.
These designated lanes will insure efficiency, but most importantly safety, in the process of transporting our most valuable resources.
Features of the new site will include a standing seam roof, natural lighting, geo-thermal heating and cooling, common areas within each pod of classrooms, safe rooms, and energy efficient materials that will reduce operational expenses.
In closing, I want to assure the community that our school district will continue to focus our improvement efforts on all areas of schooling.
We strive for continuous improvement in student achievement, policies, professional development, facilities, and family involvement.
Please support our efforts by voting YES on April 6 for new Early Childhood Center that will enhance our learning community and bring a source of pride to our students and citizens.
Jim Glaze is the superintendent of Chickasha Public Schools.