Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Deadlock Snags Selection of Mathematics School Site / between City, Stillwater

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Deadlock Snags Selection of Mathematics School Site / between City, Stillwater

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selection Tuesday of the site for the proposed Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, with the school's board of trustees narrowing its potential location to Stillwater and Oklahoma City.

The board will resume its meeting at 3 p.m. Jan. 4, 1988, to decide between the Stillwater proposal and a suggested 25-acre site on Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City, positioned between NE 10th St. and NE 11th St.

The board eliminated proposals for placing the school in Edmond, Norman and at two Oklahoma City sites, a 72-acre location along S. Lake Hefner Dr. and a 280-acre spot along N. Portland Ave. and NW 122nd St.

Testimony by all three consultants hired by the board supported an Oklahoma City location, with two of the consultants recommending the Lincoln Blvd. site.

The consultants - hired from North Carolina, Illinois and Louisiana, which have similar schools - cited Oklahoma City's central geographic location in the state and its proximities to the universities. At the same time, they endorsed its distance from the universities, which they said would remove the students from a presumed risk of fraternization with college students.

Some of the trustees, however, requested more information on a Lincoln Blvd. site before making a final selection.

Another issue that concerned the board was establishing a mentorship program. All three consultants said they would like the school to offer a large mentorship program, unlimited by transportation problems.

The Lincoln Blvd. location is owned by the Oklahoma City Board of Education. Located at the site are the Lincoln Elementary School, which offers 35,854 square feet, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church building, which has 15,000 square feet.

Oklahoma City officials have said they could provide a $2.2 million monetary commitment for site improvements and dirtwork. Dorms would be added between the buildings, which are in proximity to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. …

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