The new home for the electrician school in the city of Oklahoma is being named after a family of five who worked there for 30 years, with a history that stretches back to World War II.
The school has a name that dates back to the 1940s, and the family that ran the school, William and Martha Tod, worked in a variety of positions.
Tod was an electrician and was a teacher at the school when the Tod family started, and his son, William Tod Jr., worked at the same school when he joined the workforce.
The name “William Tod” is an affectionate nickname for his grandfather, William Thomas Tod.
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in the 1960s and then worked in the oil fields for several years before returning to the home to take on the job at the electrical school in 1980.TOD, who had been the head of the electricians union for the past 20 years, said he’s excited about the opportunity to help his grandfather’s school become a home.
“It’s been a great privilege to be able to work with him, and he really wanted to make sure that it was the right place,” he said.
Tods grandfather was the father of his late son, who is now 95 years old.
“He loved his grandfather so much, and we always shared stories,” Tod said.
The Tods have been helping to make the home a reality since it opened.
They’ve been renovating the school since 2015 and were recently able to start construction on a new ceiling to hold more classes.
Told that the school had a history of being home to an orphanage, the Tods said the idea came up of a home where there would be a space for children who needed to attend school.
“This would be home to children who would be attending school in a special setting,” Tods grandson said.
It has been a long road to get to this point, but it’s finally here.
“There are still kids who are orphaned, or who are living in foster care,” Todes grandson said of the school.
“There are other families who can’t afford the rent and the transportation and the things that go along with it.”
The school is being paid for by the Todes.
The school board voted in October to accept $50,000 in grants to build the school for children.
The Todes have also provided $1,500 in renovations and another $3,000 for a small portion of the cost of the remodeling.
The family also plans to use the money to pay for a new computer lab for the school that will allow for a more flexible learning environment.
The home is not just a home, however.
The family plans to renovate the electrical system, including installing solar panels and installing a new, state-of-the-art water system.
The electricity will be used by the school’s two teachers and a couple of other staff members.
They’re expected to be back at work by mid-May.