KANSAS - Construction of the Lakota Local School District's new building is on target for the district to get the keys in May.
The school, located at 5200 CR 13, is being built on the site of the existing high school and athletic complex. The building is northwest of Lakota High School, according to the district's website.
"The community seems pretty excited," Superintendent Rebecca Heimlich said.
Voters approved a bond issue in November 2007, and the district celebrated groundbreaking in May 2009. The district is supposed to take possession of the building in May, and the plan is for the system to start classes in the 177,000-square-foot building in fall 2011.
"It's exciting (to watch the project). It's humbling that this community supports us in that manner. ... Our kids have deserved this for a long time," Heimlich said.
Heimlich said the building will be completely under roof by the end of November. The building crew is finishing the media center, which is located in the middle section along with the auditeria and gymnasiums.
In the elementary and middle school areas, cabinetry and lights have been installed, and ceramic tile in the restrooms has been placed. Workers are putting equipment in the cafeteria and flooring in the elementary and middle school areas.
By December, the district will be seeking bids for loose furnishings and technology equipment, Heimlich said.
"Playground equipment has been bid," she said.
The district closed the junior high school in Amsden early. The building has been demolished, and the land has been sold.
Preschoolers were moved from Central to West, which now houses preK-1. Fifth-graders were moved from East to Central, which now houses grades 2-5. When the junior high closed, seventh- and eighth-graders were transferred to East, now called Lakota Middle School and home to sixth- through eighth-graders. The high school still houses grades 9-12.
Of the remaining buildings, the district is to demolish the high school first so it can finish the bus driveway for the new school.
Soon after, the middle school in Burgoon will be demolished, Heimlich said. The district is looking to sell the property to Jackson Township trustees, and the garage would remain.
The next building to be demolished probably would be West in Bradner, unless there is a buyer, Heimlich said. The last to come down would be Central in Risingsun.