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MAPS for Kids Renovations Complete at Fillmore Elementary

The Fillmore Elementary School band performs during last week's ribbon cutting marking the end of MAPS for Kids renovations at their school. Taxpayers provided $5.7 million for the improvements. Photo Provided by the Gooden Group


Staff Report

MAPS for Kids and Oklahoma City Public Schools marked another milestone last Friday as students, parents, teachers, community leaders, city and school district officials gathered for the completion of renovations and facility upgrades at Fillmore Elementary School located, 5200 S Blackwelder.

The $5.7 million project includes a classroom addition and expansion of the core facilities. Fillmore Elementary School accommodates 853 Pre-kindergarten-6th grade students.

Susan Martin, Fillmore principal said, “What a wonderful day for everyone connected to Fillmore Elementary. We are absolutely thrilled that our renovation is complete and are very thankful for the support we have received from the citizens of Oklahoma City. Without them, our renovated school would not have been possible.”

Karl Springer, superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools said, “Fillmore represents the first of three grand opening and ground breaking events in March for MAPS for Kids and what an exciting day it is. The pace of MAPS for Kids in 2012 is breathtaking and exciting as we move toward completion of the final projects later this year. Thank you Oklahoma City residents for your vision and support.”

Mayor Mick Cornett commented, “March has arrived and already several grand openings and ground breakings have taken place this year. Fillmore celebrates its completion today but more are yet to come as MAPS for Kids nears completion later this year. Congratulations Fillmore and thank you Oklahoma City citizens for making MAPS for Kids a reality.”

MAPS for Kids building construction, renovation and upgrades were funded by two ballot propositions approved by Oklahoma City voters in November 2001, the largest local-level tax increases in support of public education in state history.

All projects are scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.

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