Where USD259 bond projects are today

02/28/2013 2:40 PM

02/28/2013 2:41 PM

In November 2008, voters in the Wichita school district approved a record $370 million bond issue – the largest in the state’s history – to expand and improve schools.

The bond issue was proposed to pay for dozens of projects, including six new schools, 60 storm shelters, $61 million in athletics upgrades and $17 million in technical education programs.

About two years ago, district officials voted to “pause and study” remaining bond projects as they grappled with reductions in state per-pupil funding, capital outlay money and federal funds for storm shelters. Fifteen projects remain on hold; 16 are in various stages of development or design.

Here is a rundown of projects already completed or nearing completion:

High schools

•  East: New practice gym designed as FEMA-approved storm shelter, locker rooms, music suite designed as storm shelter, swimming pool, child development center, converted Roosevelt gym to theater and stagecraft area, renovated family and consumer science areas, renovated technical education classrooms, all-weather turf football field, track, eight tennis courts, renovated restrooms, demolished portables.
•  Heights: New auditorium and stagecraft area, new competition gym with locker rooms, swimming pool, wrestling room designed as storm shelter, music suite designed as storm shelter, new fine arts wing entry lobby, new athletic wing entry lobby, renovated media center, restrooms, new student support spaces, renovated tech-ed classrooms, renovated former athletic spaces into three classrooms, new athletic field concession stand and restrooms, all-weather turf football field, eight tennis courts, parking lot.
•  Northeast Magnet: New 800-student high school at 55th North and Rock Road, expandable to 1,200 students, with auxiliary gym storm shelter and swimming pool. First proposed as a new comprehensive high school, officials relocated the Northeast Magnet program to the new school to save startup costs and yearly operating expenses.
•  North: New 2,400-seat gym with indoor track; swimming pool; new varsity locker rooms, restrooms and officials’ offices designed as storm shelter; wrestling room storm shelter; converted original gym to an auxiliary gym; converted locker rooms to physical education space; converted girls’ gym to fitness/weight room; all-weather turf football field; track.

• Northwest: New turf and tennis courts.

•  South: New 2,400-seat gym with indoor track; swimming pool; new varsity locker rooms, restrooms and officials’ offices; wrestling room storm shelter; athletics-area laundry room; music suite designed as storm shelter; converted small gym to weights room; remodeled art classroom; remodeled technical education spaces for fire science classroom, family and consumer science lab, digital photography classrooms and pottery and art classroom; relocated communications tower; upgraded auditorium; all-weather turf football field; eight tennis courts; parking lot; new generator.

• Southeast: New turf, upgraded auditorium.

•  West: Upgraded auditorium; new 2,400-seat gym with indoor track; new locker rooms; all-weather turf football field; track; eight tennis courts; added softball, baseball and two practice football/soccer fields; new wrestling room; converted auxiliary gym to weight room; new music suite designed as storm shelter; swimming pool; renovated spaces for technical education, art, ceramics and family and consumer science; relocated communications tower; parking lot; dust collection system.

Middle and K-8 schools

•  Allison: New music suite designed as storm shelter, expanded fine arts wing lobby, added fine arts wing entry and circulation, repaired auditorium exterior.

• Brooks: New track, auditorium upgrades.

•  Christa McAuliffe Academy: New 800-student K-8 school at 143rd Street East and Pawnee, features gym designed as storm shelter, autism suite with three classrooms, school master-planned to be future sixth- through eighth-grade middle school, landscaping.

• Coleman: Auditorium upgrade.

• Curtis: Auditorium upgrade.

•  Hadley: Added competition gymnasium designed as storm shelter, upgraded auditorium, new commons/cafeteria, new kitchen serving area, new connecting corridor to existing (practice) gym, eight-lane track, parking lot, reroofed part of building.

• Jardine: Auditorium upgrade.

•  Marshall: Upgraded auditorium, two new classrooms designed as storm shelter, controlled-access entry, renovated student support spaces.
•  Mayberry: New practice gym designed as storm shelter, new music suite, addition for art room kiln, upgraded auditorium, eight-lane track, restrooms, replaced exterior doors.

• Mead: Auditorium upgrade.

•  Pleasant Valley: New practice gym designed as storm shelter, upgraded auditorium, new lobby, new in-school suspension classroom, remodeled three special-needs classrooms, paved courtyard.
•  Stucky: Added two science classrooms, two general classrooms, restrooms and circulation designed as storm shelter, eight-lane track.
•  Truesdell: Upgraded auditorium, eight-lane track, new practice gym designed as storm shelter, new gym lobby, expanded and upgraded student support spaces, remodeled two classrooms, controlled-access entry, parking and driveways.
•  Wilbur: Added two classrooms, renovated two special-ed classrooms, new practice gym designed as storm shelter, girls’ locker room, new corridors, converted sunken girls’ gym into new cafeteria and added windows, remodeled former cafeteria into serving area and two special-ed classrooms, upgraded auditorium.

Elementary schools

•  Allen: Added two classrooms, new cafeteria, controlled-access entry, parking.
•  Anderson: New multipurpose room storm shelter; four classrooms; restrooms; added and renovated student support spaces; controlled-access entry; renovated cafeteria; replaced boiler, intercom and electrical.
•  Beech: Four new kindergarten classrooms, circulation area designed as storm shelter.
•  Benton: Added two fifth-grade classrooms, new girls’ restrooms, two special-needs restrooms, multipurpose room storm shelter, new circulation corridor, new entry canopy, renovated student support spaces, controlled-access entry, new entry driveway, new fire lane, renovated library.
•  Cessna: Two general classrooms, restrooms, storage.
•  Chisholm Trail: New multipurpose room storm shelter, new serving kitchen and storage, circulation corridor, remodeled former kitchen to special education (autistic) restrooms, remodeled former cafeteria to two classrooms, expanded parking, new parent drop-off/pick-up lane, new bus driveway.
•  Clark: Three new classrooms (music and two general) designed as storm shelter, circulation corridor, added work room and conference room, new fire lane, replaced heating and air-conditioning system.
•  Cleaveland: Added two classrooms (art and general) and circulation corridor designed as storm shelter, added connecting link corridor.
•  Cloud: New multipurpose room storm shelter, renovated former multipurpose room into two music classrooms and student support, controlled-access entry, renovated former offices into art classroom, renovated former boiler room into storage, added neighborhood clinic planned for 2013 construction (funded by GraceMed).
•  College Hill: New multipurpose room storm shelter, added windows to existing multipurpose room, controlled-access entry.
•  Colvin: New multipurpose room storm shelter, new restrooms and circulation corridor, controlled-access entry, security doors between school and Neighborhood City Hall areas, added parking and driveway.
•  Dodge: New 450-student school with multipurpose room storm shelter, new parking and bus lane, razed former school, added neighborhood clinic (funded by GraceMed).
•  Enders: New 450-student school, which replaced Lewis Open Magnet, features multipurpose room designed as storm shelter, razed former school, controlled-access entry.
•  Enterprise: Three new classrooms, cafeteria, controlled-access entry.
•  Franklin: Three new classrooms, restrooms, connecting corridor, controlled-access entry, handicapped entry tramp, special-education classroom access, parking lot.
•  Gammon: Four new kindergarten classrooms and circulation corridor designed as storm shelter, two general classrooms, upgraded heating and air-conditioning system.
•  Gardiner: New multipurpose room storm shelter, new cafeteria/kitchen, restrooms, added six classrooms, new mechanical room, converted former multipurpose room to library, special-education classroom and workroom, converted former library to two classrooms, controlled-access entry, new bus driveway, neighborhood clinic planned for 2013 construction (funded by GraceMed).
•  Griffith: Added four kindergarten classrooms, two general classrooms, new cafeteria/kitchen, restrooms, added restrooms to existing multipurpose room storm shelter, library window shading, bus driveway.
•  Harry Street: Added five classrooms, restrooms, renovated music classrooms, updated mechanical equipment, controlled-access entry.
•  Irving: New multipurpose room storm shelter, new library, six new classrooms, parent resource room, mechanical room, converted former library to two music and one ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classroom, renovated student support spaces, controlled-access entry, parking lot and drives.
•  Isely: New 800-student school (designed as K-8) at 53rd Street North and Woodlawn, features gymnasium designed as storm shelter, special-education suite with three classrooms, master-planned to be future sixth- through eighth-grade middle school, site master-planned to add future 600-student elementary school.
•  Jackson: Added nine classrooms, restrooms, circulation areas.
•  Jefferson: Added six classrooms, restrooms, circulation areas, upgraded fire alarm system, parking lot, controlled-access entry, renovated student support area.
•  Kelly: New cafeteria, controlled-access entry, renovated library, student support areas, restrooms, expanded library.
•  Kensler: New cafeteria and table storage, three classrooms, physical education office and storage, restrooms, circulation, controlled-access entry, handicapped-accessible ramp, parking lot, upgraded heating and air-conditioning.
•  Lawrence: Fourteen new classrooms, new cafeteria and serving kitchen, new and remodeled restrooms, parking lot, replaced entry doors and windows, controlled-access entry, razed wing built in 1952.
•  Linwood: Eight new classrooms, new cafeteria, remodeled serving kitchen and service area, restrooms, circulation, parking lot.
•  McCollom: New cafeteria and serving kitchen; two new music classrooms; remodeled restrooms, computer lab, art classroom and general classroom; renovated library; removed canopy.
•  Minneha: New multipurpose room storm shelter; added storage, latchkey office and connecting link.
•  OK: Renovated spaces for pre-K, music and special-education; razed former school. (Balance of work pending design.)
•  Ortiz: New 450-student school with multipurpose room storm shelter, controlled-access entry.
•  Peterson: New multipurpose room storm shelter, two new music classrooms and connecting link, restrooms, parking lot and drainage structure.
•  Pleasant Valley: New multipurpose room storm shelter, upgraded heating and air, controlled-access entry, renovated spaces for two classrooms and student support.
•  Price Harris: New cafeteria with serving kitchen, remodeled student support spaces and related heating and air, controlled-access entry, access drive/parking.
•  Seltzer: Eight new classrooms, circulation areas, parking/drives, replaced chiller, added west-side door to multipurpose room.
•  Spaght: Built new 600-student school with multipurpose room storm shelter, razed former school and portable classroom, added bus lane, controlled-access entry.
•  Stanley: Added four classrooms and connecting corridor designed as storm shelter, renovated health room, upgraded heating and air.
•  White: Two new classrooms, restrooms, controlled-access entry, remodeled restrooms.
•  Woodman: New cafeteria with serving kitchen.

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