Construction continues as students begin at Eisenhower

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 8/22/2013 5:48 pm Published: 8/22/2013 3:38 pm

Students at Eisenhower International School went back to class at a new building Thursday, but FOX23's Ian Silver found students will have to work around renovations that still aren't finished.

The building used to be Nimitz Middle School but it closed as part of Project Schoolhouse.

Because Eisenhower is growing the district completely renovated the building. The problem is pre-K classrooms aren't quite finished.

It was hard to tell construction wasn't finished as Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard toured Eisenhower Elementary.

"I was out here a couple weeks ago. I can't believe how good it looks now compared to what it did," said Ballard.

If you looked in the right spots, like an unfinished science lab, you could see the work.

"Our west wing, which includes the pre-K and the new kinder rooms, and the library, is just about complete and the auditorium," he said.

Principal Belinda Baldwin has come by to check the progress every week for the past year.

She knew everything wouldn't be finished for the first day back, so she planned ahead.

"It shouldn't affect them much at all. We're growing, and our upper grades haven't grown yet. And so we had extra classrooms," she said.

Since the rest of the building is finished none of the other students should be affected at all.

As students fill hallways Baldwin says the finished building will be well worth this inconvenience.

"In a month or so, they will be moving into the new classrooms. So, they're very excited about the new area, but they're fine where they are now," she said.

TPS is now converting the old Eisenhower building into a central enrollment center, something the district said has been on its wish list for years.

The enrollment center will be finished sometime in the spring.

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