FYI - Guide to life in Stephens County, OK 2019 - Page 11

EDUCATION housed high school students, a new science lab and a new computer lab. EMPIRE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Currently enrolling 541 students, the Empire Bulldogs share one campus, with students from Pre-K through 8th grade in the elementary school building and grades 9th-12th in the high school building. The district was formed in 1922 with the merging of four other schools, and has been in operation since. In January of 2017, voters approved a $1.1 Million Bond issue for Empire, which saved the old gymnasium from age and provided for a district wide renovation with other amenities. CENTRAL HIGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS Yet another one-campus school system, Central High Public Schools has 397 students from grades K-12th enrolled. Central High is utilizing an OETT grant to add more technology to classrooms, such as iPads. Along with the technology, the district has added a new state-of-the-art gymnasium and has since hosted several basketball playoff rounds and the Stephens County Basketball Tournament. VELMA-ALMA PUBLIC SCHOOLS The Velma-Alma Public School District continues the one-campus trend of smaller Stephens County school districts. The V-A Comets are dedicated to educating all of their Pre-K through 12th grade students. The elementary school now features a smart table in the computer lab. Velma-Alma completed work in 2017 on the new science building, which was financed by a recent approval of a bond issue. The district is also working on passing another bond to modernize their school’s cafeteria building. GRANDVIEW PUBLIC SCHOOLS A small, rural district, Grandview Public Schools educates students from three years old to eighth grade. Students who complete eighth grade may choose to attend any high school, usually at a neighboring district. RED RIVER TECHNOLOGY CENTER The Red River Technology Center prepares its students for the demands of a specific trade or career, be it engineering, cosmetology, the medical field or any other of the many subjects offered at RRTC. RRTC has many area high schoolers in attendance, many of them in the Pre-Engineering and Biomed programs. High schoolers enrolled in courses at RRTC also take classes at their high school, allowing them to complete their standard public education as well as higher-level, more specialized courses. In addition to high school students, RRTC accepts students who have already graduated from high school and wish to learn more about their chosen career field. The RRTC campus consists of the main building, the Delbert Morrison Health Careers Center and the Jerry Morris Business Building. The latter two buildings are named after former superintendents of the school. CAMERON UNIVERSITY-DUNCAN The Stephens County branch of Lawton-based Cameron University, CU-Duncan offers enrollment to high school students looking to earn some early college credits as well as to college-age and adult students. More than 100 courses are offered each semester at CU-Duncan. Students can pick up their books on campus and tutoring opportunities, a computer lab, a commons area and other helpful features are also available. THE GARLAND SMITH PUBLIC LIBRARY, MARLOW The Marlow library, located at the National Guard Armory at 702 W. Main Street, provides meeting space for community groups and events. The library houses public computers and utilizes high-speed Internet. The city of Marlow supports the library. Call 580-658-5354 or visit http:// garlandsmithpubliclibrary.okpls.org/ for more information. DUNCAN PUBLIC LIBRARY The Duncan Public Library offers a variety of fun and educational programs for families and children in Stephens County. The library is supported by the city of Duncan and has computers available for public use and high-speed Internet. Library Director Jan Cole has taken on many projects and brought many programs to the library during her tenure. The library holds events such as Local Author day, in which they host authors from around the region and provide them the opportunity to show their work. Additional events include Family History Month, National Library Week and more. The library also offers a variety of programs for children, including the Summer Reading Program, story time and holiday events. The library is a complete information-gathering facility and also hosts technology workshops to benefit the community. For more information, call 580-255- 0636 or visit http:// www2.youseemore. com/duncan DUNCAN MAGAZINE | FYI 2019 11