School starts for Tulsa Public School students in about two weeks. The district is working to finish a "magnet" school remodeling project before the bell rings. That's happening at Eisenhower International School's new location near 51st and Harvard. FOX23 took a look at the progress and how much it'll set you back. The investment will cost you, the taxpayer, 5.3 million dollars. The money will help tighten security. Building space will be expanded, going from fifty to nearly one-hundred thousand square feet.
Bob Labass says TPS is also upgrading the old Nimitz junior high, which is now the new Eisenhower International School. Cameras will go in, it's ADA compatible and a card swipe system is being installed. Crews are also making the best of what's already here by converting the old girl’s gym into a library.
That remodel alone will more than doubles the size of the old library. The pool has even been closed for additional classroom space.This is one of TPS’s biggest projects this summer. All of it financed through the 2010 bond program which covers 340-million dollars in school, classroom, library and transportation upgrades.
Labass estimates this will be 95% completed by the first day of school.