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Jefferson Elementary Breaks Ground On Addition

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ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA -- Ardmore city schools broke ground on a new addition to Jefferson Elementary School after a bond was finally passed in May that first came up for consideration over 10 years ago.

Ardmore administrators and teachers were happy to be breaking ground on some new buildings Thursday afternoon.

"This is exciting, it's a long lived moment for the community as well as the Ardmore city schools," said Rev. Willie Tiller, president of the Ardmore Board of Education. "And it's very exhilarating for me to be here with the kids and break ground for what's to be."

"I think it's really exciting for our young people, exciting for our community that we our putting an investment into our young people," said Kristie Jessop, principal at Jefferson Elementary.

Ray Anthony, who says five generations of his family have attended Jefferson including his grandson Drew who got in on the groundbreaking ceremony, was pleased to see the bond pass.

"I like it, they need it and everything," said Anthony. "So it's good for this whole area over here."

School board members say that the bond passed will not only benefit Jefferson Elementary and its new addition, but other schools across the Ardmore district as well.

"Right now we're cramped in several places but this is just a start of easing that burden on us and for the community as a whole," said Tiller.

The bond includes additions to two other elementary schools and the construction of a new Lincoln Elementary.

For Jefferson, the addition means nine new classrooms.

Second year principal Kristie Jessop says the rooms come with safety benefits as well as educational ones.

"We had just passed our bond issue after the Moore tornado occurred," said Tiller. "So that's something as parents you can feel safe."

Students at the elementary school recognize the new addition's importance.

"I think it's really good because we have to go in the hallways for tornado drill and I don't think it's much safe," said Cheyanne Estrada, a fifth grade student at Jefferson. "And to have new classrooms instead of people out in the portables would be much better."

Included in the bond with the additions to the elementary schools, Ardmore Middle School will be re-roofed and improvements made to Noble Stadium.