Archive for Thursday, July 23, 2009

Five Questions: Expanding Schools

July 23, 2009

Last September, the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education approved a $1.23 million contract to Zimmerman Construction of Overland Park to do four-classroom expansions of Starside Elementary School in De Soto and Clear Creek Elementary School in Shawnee. This week with the start of the school year less than a month away, The Explorer asks USD 232 facilities director Denis Johnson about the status of the expansions.

Q: When did the expansions of Clear Creek and Starside elemenetary schools begin?

A: The expansions were started in October 2008.

Q: Are the two expansions on budget and on track to be finished on time?

A: They stayed on track for budget. There have been very minor change orders on the projects.

There has been substantial completion on both projects. They will be ready for the start of school.

  Q: What will the expansion mean at Starside Elementary? 

A: At Starside, it’s going to create more space for teachers to have activity centers for use,which they haven’t had for a few years.

Q: Will it change the grade-level classroom layout at Starside Elementary?

A: The fifth-grade classrooms will move to the north end of the building and the current fifth-grade space across from the media center will be renovated fo create space for Title 9 programs.

Q: Will the two expansions allow the district to get additional per-pupil funding from the state through new facilities weighting? 

A: Ken Larson, director of budget and finance, said the district expects to receive approximately $151,848 in funding for the new additions. An offical count of full-time equivilent students won’t be taken until Sept. 20.

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