The 1950s era bathrooms, broken and creaky wood floors and outdated heating and electrical systems are gone at Boulevard Academy. The newly renovated building-the oldest in the district-now boasts new hands-on science and computer rooms, an elevator to the second floor, and up-to-date classrooms planned to enhance student learning.
The $3.3 million dollar bond-funded renovation began in Aug. of 2012 and took a year to complete. Reeder General Contractors did the work.
“When you renovate a school that is 90 years old, you have to be very careful,” said Superintendent Bret Towne.” “We were mindful of maintaining the character and rich history of the building but giving it the face-lift it so desperately needed. I am excited to think that we extended the life of this building for many decades,” he said.
Boulevard Academy was built in 1924 and was the first Edmond High School. Over the years, it has also served as an administration building, junior high and eighth-grade center.
“Another interesting note is that in the 1960s it served as a satellite kitchen for the district. All food was cooked there and shipped out to each of the schools,” said Towne.
“Our kids are having a great year, and really enjoying their beautiful work spaces. It has made a difference in their demeanor and attitudes. I am very grateful to the public for supporting the bond issue to fund the renovations,” said Principal Mark Andrus. ”