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Durant Bucks Trend of Schools in Financial Crisis

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DURANT, OK -- While budget cuts have hit local schools hard lately, one southern Oklahoma school seems to be bucking the trend and even expanding. Deeda Payton reports on Durant's new high school.

Durant's superintendent says he's happy to announce it is about 15% complete. That may not sound like much, but it's a lot compared to other schools in our area who can't afford to keep their schools open let alone build a new one.

Durant expects their new high school will be ready for the 2011 school year. The whole facility will span 195,000 square feet. It sits on about fifty acres right off of highway 69/75.

Superintendent, Dr. Jason Simeroth, says they wouldn't have been able to handle this kind of project without the public's support. "Really just to finally see something coming out of the ground that the community has been so supportive of and really stepped up to help us with has been a real boost, not to the teachers and students only, but the community as a whole."

Simeroth says they are building the new school with future growth in mind. He says they currently have about 850 students in their high school and the new school will be able to hold 1150.

Simeroth says he realizes how fortunate his school system is to be in the middle of a supportive community that is experiencing an economic boom while so many other cities are feeling the effects of a national recession.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.