NORMAN -- Norman Public Schools Tuesday celebrated the completion of its new building for Dimension Academy with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the new school. While students and faculty have been using the building since the beginning of this school year, the majority of remaining projects were finished over winter break.
The building, which formerly housed medical offices, was part of a bond the Norman community passed in February 2019 by a vote of more than 80 percent. Located at the southeast corner of N. Findlay Ave. and E. Robinson St., the new facility has been renovated and retrofitted to be a world-class learning environment for the students of Dimensions Academy, the district’s alternative education program.
“This is truly an historic day for Norman Public Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino. “Our alternative education program has a long been a point of overwhelming pride for this district, and thanks to the continued support and investment of the Norman community, our students and faculty now have a building that is worthy of the life-changing work our educators provide for our students day-in and day-out.”
Dimensions Academy, which serves children from kindergarten through 12th grade, offers a rigorous education for students who thrive in alternative learning environments. Many students who attend Dimensions do so by choice and must apply to be accepted. The program serves more than 300 students each year.
While Dimensions Academy students come from many backgrounds and circumstances, they share a common goal of finding strength despite adversity and achieving success against all odds.
“We are beyond grateful for all the community partners who helped us not only pass the 2019 bond, but who truly helped make this building a home for our students,” Migliorino said. “From Norman Regional Health System to Eric and Nova Fleske, to the Yes For Kids Committee and everyone who voted for this bond, we are just so thankful and cannot wait for you to see the transformative impact this will have on our students.”