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Walters completes work on two school buildings

WALTERS, Okla._Two new school buildings are ready for the upcoming school year in Walters.

It started five years ago when a committee was formed to see what the needs were for Walters Public Schools; having more space was a top priority. In 2012, voters approved a $1.2 million bond to pay for the construction of an addition to their elementary school and a new agriculture education building.

"It's been a long time coming, and we are really excited about it," said Jimmy Davis, agriculture teacher in Walters.

Davis has been teaching agriculture in Walters for 23 years and has between 60 and 80 students each semester. He said space was limited in the old agriculture building. It was about the size of a two-car garage.

"If you were trying to keep everyone on task and working it's hard to do that in such a small area and here we can spread them out over a lot bigger space and hopefully get a lot more things done," said Davis.

The Ag facility isn't the only new building for Walters Public Schools, the Pre-K building has been here for years and officials say it was running out of space, that's why they decided to build a brand new one.

"We've been housing our pre-kindergarten program in portable classrooms and you know the life expectancy of those is limited. We needed to get something more permanent and our enrollment numbers have been about 30 these past couple of years," said Walters Superintendent Jimmie Dedmon.

The new addition has four classrooms with lots of space, storage rooms, and bathrooms in each one.

This is Danna Thompson's second year as Walters elementary school principal. She says the extra room is going to be nice and the increased safety for the children is an added bonus.

"The teachers will not be walking those students back and forth across this main road to the cafeteria, P.E., things like that," said Thompson.

Teachers are still moving into their new classrooms. So far, there haven’t been any complaints.

School starts August 19 for Cotton County schools.


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