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Parents: Thousands of Dollars Wasted in Slow Gym Building Process
New plans for a gymnasium at Nichols Hills Elementary in northwest Oklahoma City are being finalized. They should be presented at community meeting Thursday, February 21. Construction of a gym on the west side of the school had to be halted last summer, after complaints about it locations from homeowners.
For the Nichols Hills Parent Teacher Association, the gym has been nearly a decade in the making. The PTA raised about $750,000 privately to build a gym back in 2004, Jeff Lee, who co-chairs the PTA's gym committee, said. Private plans stopped in 2007, when a bond issue passed in Oklahoma City Publics Schools that would build new gyms at most OKCPS elementary schools.
Lee said he is frustrated with the slow process and wasted money going into the construction.
When construction started last year homeowners on Glenwood Dr., threatened to sue OKCPS over the location. They said they were under the impression the gym would be built on the opposite side of the school. They said they were never notified about the plans for construction on the west side. The gym would hover in their rear views.
The district stopped construction. Jim Burkey, the district's Chief Operations Officer said crews leveled the ground and moved a gas line in preparation for construction. Lee said school officials put the cost of that construction at about $140,000, money he calls wasted.
Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 09:43 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Lanes reopening near Shawnee but delays expected
May 20, 2013 12:28 GMT
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- Officials say drivers should expect delays on Interstate 40 in Shawnee as crews continue to clean up storm debris.
Westbound Interstate 40 was closed Sunday night at U.S. 177 after storms ripped through the area. U.S. 177 was also shut down because of vehicle accidents caused by the severe weather.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says northbound U.S. 177 at I-40 was reopened as of 7 a.m. Monday. Westbound traffic on I-40 is narrowed to one lane, but all lanes are expected to reopen later Monday morning.
Officials say drivers should expect congestion in the area or pick an alternate route.
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