School district wrapping up summer projects
With summer break drawing to a close, De Soto USD 232 is putting finishing touches on several facilities improvement projects, including that of an expanded kitchen at De Soto High School.
District facilities director Denis Johnson said crews had been finishing floor work and installing new equipment and that the project should be finished by next week -- just a few weeks before fall classes begin on Aug. 18.
"We're getting pretty close -- and we need to be," Johnson said.
The new kitchen will be full-service, meaning it will be equipped to prepare all De Soto High School meals in-house. Previously, much hot food had been trucked over to the high school from the Lexington Trails Middle School kitchen.
"This will be great because it will allow our food to be a little fresher," DHS Principal David Morford said, adding that the remodeling job would also create more space for storage.
Besides remodeling the existing kitchen, the project added 720 square feet to the space. The project cost $370,000, Johnson said.
The summer break saw several other improvements to De Soto schools.
Countryside Learning Center, the district's oldest attendance center, received a new roof on the east wing as well as new rooftop heating and cooling units.
The roof project cost $250,700, and the climate control equipment cost $271,450.
Starside Elementary School was repainted, and monument signs are in the process of being installed in front of both Starside and the high school.
The signs will be like the one already in front of Lexington Trails, Morford said. Each will have a space to display lettered messages about upcoming events and important dates that can be changed as often as needed.
"I just haven't figured out who I'm going to have go out there every day and do it," Morford said.
At Lexington Trails Middle School, the district installed 1,000 seats worth of new gym bleachers as well as a new gym floor. The seats cost $73,840, and the floor project cost $78,500.
Johnson said De Soto High School's kitchen project was funded by bond money. Funds for the other projects came from the district's capital outlay fund, he said.