CACHE, OK (TNN) - It’s coming up on the second year since voters in the Cache school district approved a $2.8 million bond for campus and transportation improvements and enhancements.
Since construction started last summer, the campus has doubled as a school and a construction zone. But for the time being students and faculty are doing their best to manage the inconveniences.
“I’ve really got to brag on the kids because they’ve been displaced this whole school year and they’ve been walking from one side of the campus to the other," said Chad Hance, Superintendent of Cache Public Schools. "Not causing a whole lot of problems and everything. So, I’m proud of them.”
Superintendent Hance says work is on schedule and should be completed before the start of the next school year.
“We should be finished up about the middle of July. That’s our deadline," said Hance. "We have an order date of August 1 for the furniture. So, once we get that furniture in we’ll be ready to go.”
Eight months into the massive project and several phases are finished.
“We did a lot of drainage improvements around campus," said Hance. "We also added some roads to help with our traffic congestion. We’re also doing a new band room addition that we’re fixing to get ready to move into in a couple of weeks. So, we’re pretty excited about that.”
The remodeling of the west side of the high school is complete with new carpet, ceiling tiles, light fixtures and a fresh coat of paint.
“East side is still under construction. That’s where we’re adding some more computer classrooms," said Hance. "People can see the new roof that is going on because we added the new stem classrooms and made our building wider so we have to go in and retrofit a roof so that’s what people are seeing now and the tall building on the side, that’s our seminar room. A lot of people have been asking about that.”
The science classrooms are being built as safe rooms and when those are complete every school on campus will have a safe room.
“I’m really appreciative of the community for really being supportive of those safe rooms and keeping our kids safe," said Hance. "We live in Oklahoma so that weather changes at the drop of a dime. This way every kid has an opportunity to get somewhere safe and be protected.”
The end is near and Superintendent Hance says he’s excited by what the new and upgraded facilities promise.
“It’s always a great place to be at when the community supports it’s school and they want to see that growth and they want to see us setting the bar in Southwest Oklahoma with our facilities," said Hance. "That makes me very proud to be part of that and just to be able to take stake in it. I’m very appreciative to have that opportunity.”