LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The new Eisenhower Middle School will break ground next year, all thanks to the nearly $100 million bond voters approved for Lawton Public Schools.
LPS officials plan to begin construction for the new EMS next Spring. New equipment and technology will also be distributed to students at the start of the 2018 school year.
"I'm just humbled," said Dr. Tom Deighan, LPS Superintendent. "Humbled that the community has chosen to trust us with this opportunity."
Deighan said the first plan of action is to create a construction proposal for Eisenhower Middle School. $46 million of the bond will go towards rebuilding the school.
Deighan said in addition students and faculty will notice a change in technology across Lawton Public Schools.
"Not only computers for the classroom, but the LCD projectors, smart boards, but the technology students hold in their hands as well," said Deighan.
Furniture and equipment students need for extracurricular activities will also be added, but Deighan said their priority is also to build safe rooms for eight other schools with the highest need in the area.
"That will house all students, staff, and faculty during a tornado to ensure that they are safe," said Deighan.
Which is what he said is their ultimate goal to continue to provide for the staff, students, and parents who made all the new changes possible.
"I think this bond proposal, aside from the tremendous financial benefit, was a huge sign of support to our students and faculty," said Deighan. "And again on behalf of the Board of Education and all of our educators and students I couldn't thank the community enough."