Final push to complete construction at new Broken Arrow Middle School

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 8/22/2013 9:48 am Published: 8/21/2013 6:10 pm

On Wednesday evening, crews are working to put the finishing touches on one of six new schools in Broken Arrow.

Crews told FOX23 that they would continue to work through the evening to make sure that Oneta Ridge Middle School was ready to go when class begins on Thursday at 8 a.m.

"We are getting very close," said Michelle Burgwall, chief operating officer.

Burgwall said that the 15-month construction process on the new building has been smooth. The renovation is part of a $295 million bond that voters passed in 2009. Burgwall said that some of the last-minute touches include assembling desks, waxing floors and putting some items in storage.

Eighth-grade English teacher Cindy Cantwell told FOX23 that the new building is well thought out to accommodate all grades and is better than she imagined.

"My room is clean and it's new and it's fresh and is just so spacious," said Cantwell.

Burgwall said that teachers, staff, crews and volunteers all pitched in to help complete the building.

Educators said that their main goal was to make the first day back as comfortable as possible for the students who will be sitting in the new desks and walking the hallways.

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