Parkway School District’s facilities department is wrapping up its summer to-do list in order to be ready for the first day of school on Aug. 13.
One of its major projects is the new addition to South Middle, which will become the new registration hub and home base for some displaced Instructional Service Center employees. With the district’s growing north area population, the ISC is being converted back into an elementary school and its employees will need new office locations. Construction has begun on the addition, but its completion still is undetermined.
Due to high rainfall this summer, the contractor at South Middle fell behind on pouring the new driveway and parking lot, which has been reconfigured for the new campus. However, at press time, the contractor planned to pour the new driveway by Monday, Aug. 5, giving school staff and families full access to the property by the first day of school.
Staff and students will enter the building this year through the new security vestibule that was completed using funds passed by last November’s bond issue. Still to come from those funds is the addition of safety film.
“The electrical component to the vestibule is on backorder at this time, so we don’t know yet if that will be installed for the first day of school, but it can be operated manually,” explained Paul Tandy, Parkway’s chief communications officer.
Other improvements are less noticeable, such as HVAC, chiller and water pump replacements in addition to plumbing and roof improvements.