LPS will break ground on safe rooms
Lawton Public Schools will hold a series of groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday to mark the construction of safe rooms planned in seven of its elementary schools.
The ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. at Carriage Hills and Sullivan Village elementary schools; 1 p.m. at Crosby Park and Hugh Bish elementary schools; and 3 p.m. at Almor West, Edison and Woodland Hills elementary schools.
The safe rooms areas that will be built at each school to provide sufficient shelter for students and staff in the event of a tornado are among the first of the major construction projects that Lawton Public Schools is tackling through the ad valorem program that district voters approved in 2017 to fund the district's needs.
Construction is anticipated to begin this summer. Designs were completed earlier this year and contractors seeking to build the facilities have until Thursday to submit sealed bids on the project. The bids are to be presented to the Lawton Board of Education at its meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, then taken for analysis before the district makes its recommendation on the winning contractor in June.