The Mustang High School student parking lot got a facelift over the summer plus the addition of several more spaces. The MHS track, which was chipped and crumbling was also replaced, both thanks to the passage of the February 2016 bond issue.
The Parking Lot
| An aerial view of the MHS track and student parking lot before they were resurfaced over the summer of 2016.
The district was able to add a two-inch overlay to the deteriorated lot, plus extend the parking spaces to the south behind the stadium. The extension was the dream of MHS student Madison Morrow.
Every January, Mustang teams with Yukon and El Reno to hold the Listening Conference. Students have the opportunity to make a presentation on an issue or problem from the installation of traffic lights to bullying in front of the people who have the power to effect change. Local leaders such as school officials, law enforcement and state legislators attend.
In 2015, Morrow presented a proposal, including large diagrams, that provided ideas for expansion and stressed the need for repaving.
"At the time, my car sat low to the ground so I would always hit the pot holes and worried about my suspension," she said. "My best friend was in the marching band and they practice in the student parking lot in the summer. She tripped one day, tore open her knee and had to get stitches."
Morrow's presentation got the attention of Mustang administration. The district knew the parking lot was in need of an overlay, but was especially interested in Morrow's idea for expansion. Deputy Superintendent Charles Bradley and County Commissioner Dave Anderson approached her after the meeting. She was invited to present her ideas to the Long Range Planning Committee. The goal of the committee, made up of school officials and patrons of the district, is to identify the needs of the district for the next 10 years and how bond funds could be used to satisfy those needs.
Morrow's plan had the extension going all the way to Dowden to create another exit. Although the district was not able to extend the paving that far, the parking lot did receive the overlay and extending the lot created another 55 parking spaces.
Morrow, who graduated in May, is thrilled with the results.
"I think it's awesome," she said. "It feels great to leave a legacy behind even if no one knows it was me."
As part of the 2016 bond issue, the 12-year-old MHS track, which was a poly urethane mat was also replaced. The old track, installed in 2004, was failing, with holes and chips in the surface.
The new 13mm Plexitrac Accelerator was installed by Merritt Tennis and Track Systems, an Oklahoma company in business since 1979. The Plexitrac system is made with poly-resin binders. The surface comes with a five year guarantee with the possibility of an additional five year guarantee.
Installation of the new track was $202,880. Track covers have also been purchased for high traffic areas to protect the surface.