Beginning in December 2012, KCPS will move forward on a series of capital improvements projects worth $32 million designed to create 21st century learning environments that help teachers teach, students learn, and that set the tone for increased achievement. Under this plan, students at three schools will have access to improved and energy-efficient heat and cooling systems, the Interscholastic League Stadium will be renovated, energy-efficient and cost-saving improvements will be added to multiple schools, a plan to renovate and use middle schools will be considered, and the auditoriums at Lincoln College Prep and Paseo Academy will be updated.
The new facility, officially called Woodland Early Learning Community School, will inhabit the once-closed school building at 711 Woodland. Approximately 260 students, ages 3-4, from the school system’s northeast area will attend the new school.
Auditoriums at both schools host multiple community events annually, necessitating the need for immediate improvements in seating, lighting, and overall environment. Both facilities are slated to receive these important upgrades before the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
Following a engineering review in the summer of 2012, it was determined IL Stadium was in need of immediate upgrades to protect the safety, health, and user experience for student-athletes and patrons alike.
KCPS has determined that many of its older buildings are not energy efficient. This project will resolve both of those challenges by installing new energy-efficient HVAC units at KCPS campuses along with management controls for lights and water, energy efficient windows and lights, information technology updates, and other alterations that will lead to healthy and improved learning environments with reduced utility costs.