|EHS Begins Construction, Announces Temporary Parking Plan|
Posted Date: 01/29/2018
As physical work begins on the Enid High School Gymnasium and Performing Arts Center, school officials are sharing information about temporary changes that will take place on campus during the project’s construction.
According to Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd, the new facility will provide students with much-needed space for instruction and enrichment opportunities, including music and athletics. He expressed gratitude to voters, who approved the project as part of the 2016 bond program.
“We are extremely excited that this amazing facility will be available for our students in the not-too-distant future,” Floyd said. “First-class facilities require first-class planning and construction. A project of this magnitude cannot be built without some flexibility and inconveniences along the way, but it will be beyond worth it when we see our students walking its hallways, playing music in its classrooms and scoring points on its gym floor.”
School officials have shared information with staff members, parents and students regarding upcoming changes to parking at EHS. Beginning January 30, fewer parking spots will be available in the school’s parking lots. The number unavailable will continue to grow through early February until the district is able to open a new parking lot, likely by March, which will improve the situation.
Maps that provide detailed information about where students can park on and off campus during construction can be downloaded at www.enidpublicschools.org. The district will publish an updated map when the parking situation changes. A letter with information also has been mailed to residents who live near EHS and may be affected by the temporary displacement of vehicles.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of students, staff, parents and neighbors. We have been working with the City of Enid on this plan, and we want to make this process as easy as possible for everyone involved,” Floyd said. “Safety is our greatest priority. Our campus police will be patrolling the areas where students will be parking in order to assist them, and we will have flexibility for students who may require additional time in the morning getting from their cars to the school.”
Floyd encouraged community members with parking-related issues or concerns to contact the EPS campus police at 580-366-8340.
The EHS Gym and Performing Arts Center, designed by MA+ Architecture, is slated for completion in the fall 2019. In addition to housing new classrooms, the 100,000-square foot addition will feature a 2,000-seat arena (2,500 seats with the floor), as well as the locker rooms, offices and other accommodations needed for basketball, wrestling, volleyball, cheerleading and pom.
The facility, which will include a black-box theatre, also will provide newly constructed and outfitted space for band, chorus, orchestra, guitar, broadcasting and speech and drama.
To see a video rendering of the project, please visit www.enidpublicschools.org/ehsaddition.