Project File: Voters approve new school

On November 6, 2001, voters in Eudora, Kan., passed a bond issue to build a new high school. The $16 million issue passed with a 64 percent majority.

The new 116,000-square-foot high school will have an initial capacity of 500 students and can be expanded to 600 students. Some features of the school are 21 classrooms for science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, business, foreign language, special services; two informational-technology resource centers; media center; two art rooms; three computer labs; industrial-technology room; journalism lab; family and consumer science lab; black-box drama room; competition gymnasium with seating for 1,800; and a weightroom and wrestling room.

Bond campaign promoters used the theme “It's a K-12 Solution” to highlight the benefits that will be noticed across all grade levels as a result of the new high school. This new high school is part of the district's master plan, which calls for the existing high school to be converted to a middle school for grades 6 to 8. Eudora West Elementary School will house grades 3 to 5. Students in kindergarten through second grade will attend the existing Nottingham Elementary School. The realignment of grade levels will provide more space per pupil and allow space to absorb future growth within the district.

Construction crews broke ground on the new high school in March 2002; project completion is scheduled for summer 2003.

DLR Group (Overland Park, Kan.) is architect for the new high school.

For more information on these projects and others, visit www.schooldesigns.com.

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