EDMOND, Okla. — The brand new Deer Creek Middle School cost nearly $33 million and looks nothing like a typical school building, from the slate covering the outside to the 20-foot windmill waterfall on the inside.
“The whole architecture theme, the structure behind it is an Oklahoma theme,” Human Resources Director Lenis DeRieux said.
It’s the theme that carries throughout the terrazzo floors of the school.
The floors are covered with stream-like artwork which represents the streams in Oklahoma.
Sixteen murals cover the walls inside the school, everything from the Capitol, the Land Run, to Downtown Oklahoma City.
“I think this will really help to immediately have some character, not to feel so institutionalized in a brand new building without any history or tradition,” Principal Reuben Bellows said.
Each classroom is equipped with a smart board, described as an oversized iPad, to help students learn.
“If there’s a computer program, the students would be able to be up there and dissect a frog with their fingers and move it that way, before they actually do it in the classroom,” Bellows said.
Even the cafeteria has an inviting atmosphere with a cloud effect; it doesn’t feel like a typical lunch room.
Students can also lounge in an outdoor courtyard or the indoor sitting area.
The cost of construction was paid for through a bond issue.
The principal says the students deserve a unique learning environment.
“We want to make sure we provide them something that is quality and that they know that we care a lot about them and their education,” Bellows said.
The school is set to open this August and there are already future plans to expand as the number of students continues to grow.