Based on the most recent timeline, School of the Osage should complete the checklist of projects under construction by the end of the year.

Based on the most recent timeline, School of the Osage should complete the checklist of projects under construction by the end of the year. 

Assistant Superintendent Laura Nelson released a list of projects that have been completed and gave estimated timelines for those still underway. 

The 2019-2020 school year will see the final phase of the school improvements and expansions throughout the district that were promised to voters.

In 2018, voters approved a $23 million bond issue for school improvements. When completed the multifaceted project will have an impact on every student in the district now and for years to come. The bond issue was approved in April of 2018, raising the district’s levy by 15 cents from 54.9 cents to 69.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. 

The bond issue project included all of the district’s campuses and will have an impact on every student in the district.

According to School of the Osage officials, the district had outgrown existing facilities and needed to make improvements and expand to accommodate the growth they are experiencing in programs and student population. 

Projects completed by the end of the 2019 school year included:

•Parking lot, parent pick-up, and bus lanes in front of the upper elementary.

•Safety entrance and renovated office of the Upper Elementary.

•Drainage issues in the front entrance to the Middle School.

•New bleachers, paint, and safety rails at Henderson Gymnasium.

•Renovated and expanded nurse’s office at the high school.

•Added and renovated Technology and Operations office located at the upper elementary.

•New Alternative School classroom, community room, and field house

Projects completed over the summer and available for the 2019-20 School year:

•New technology arts classroom, wood shop, and metals shop at the high school.

•New 2D Art classroom and 3D Art classroom at the high school.

•New Multi-use/STEM classroom at the high school.

•Expanded and renovated high school kitchen.

•New high school band classroom.

•Renovated high school vocal music classroom.

•Renovated Cummings Auditorium seating and interiors at the high school.

•Updated and improved sound, lighting, technology, and booth of Cummings Auditorium.

•Expanded boys and girls locker rooms.

•Renovated and updated existing boys and girls locker rooms.

•Updated parking lot lighting at the high school.

•Expanded playground at Heritage Elementary

 

Projects nearing completion:

•High school soccer field, fencing, bleachers, lighting, and scoreboard located at the middle school  (est. completion: September 2019)

•New elevator at Heritage Elementary (est. completion:  September 2019)

•New Early Childhood Center on the Mills Campus (est. completion:  December 2019)