McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

August 16, 2013

Parker fifth grade students to use St. John's classrooms; sixth grade to continue at Eastern's McAlester Campus

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — The McAlester Public School Board of Education held an emergency meeting Friday morning related to the damaged Parker Intermediate Center school building — and where the fifth and sixth grade students from Parker will attend school in the coming weeks.

Beginning Monday morning, fifth grade students will attend class at the former St. John’s Catholic School, on the grounds of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 300 E. Washington Ave.

For now, sixth grade students who normally have class at Parker will continue to attend class at the McAlester Campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College, at 1802 E. College Ave.

Three members of the five-member MPS school board were able to attend the emergency meeting held Friday at the MPS Central Office at 200 E. Adams Ave.

MPS Board President Dr. Janet Wansick, along with school board members Angie Nelson and Mike Sossamon, voted unanimously to approve agreements for the students to use the St. John’s and Eastern facilities.

They also passed an emergency resolution allowing MPS Superintendent Marsha Gore to take any necessary action “to repair and/or replace Parker Intermediate Center buildings, property and equipment that have sustained damage and/or destruction caused by a flood on Aug. 13.”

Parker, at 1310 N. Sixth St., was damaged Tuesday as teachers heard a cracking sound and water from broken pipes began pouring through the building. Several windows popped out as well, leading to an evacuation of the building — the day before classes were set to start at the school.

Gore said Friday it’s unknown how long Parker students will have to continue taking classes at other sites while the damage at Parker is surveyed and estimates come in on costs for repairs

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