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10-5-18 — Bond 2016 Continues to Benefit Students, Staff

Oct. 5, 2018 ~ A $156 million bond issue approved by voters two years ago continues to have a great impact on students, staff and facilities as construction projects wrap up this fall.

“As part of our continued construction in the 2016 bond issue, which was approved by our supportive Olathe community, we enhanced the safety and security at three middle schools by providing a larger and safer main entrance,” Executive Director of Facilities and Operations Travis Palangi said. “This fall we will finish our new secured entrance enhancement at Santa Fe Trail Middle School; a project we started at the beginning of summer.”

Those three middle schools — Frontier Trail, Indian Trail and Pioneer Trail — also underwent a massive renovation of the administrative offices and science classrooms.

Nine elementary schools received new gym flooring as part of the replacement cycle. “We removed existing carpet and vinyl flooring in the gyms, and installed a new padded sheet of resilient athletic flooring,” Palangi said. “This product provides the highest level of safety and comfort to our students. They won’t get skin burns when they fall, and the flooring is easy to maintain because it doesn’t require waxing.”

The main gymnasium wood floor at Olathe Northwest High School was sanded and refinished this summer, and metal doors and frames at six schools were replaced with fiberglass doors and aluminum frames. Crews also replaced aging brick around one classroom pod at Meadow Lane Elementary, and finished multiple smaller renovation projects across the district to support the special education and early childhood programs.

As the district’s facilities age, there are always roofs, HVAC units, outdoor tracks, floors, casework and ceiling tiles to be replaced. This year several demountable walls between classrooms were replaced with permanent walls.

“The demountable walls have a high level of noise transmittance and became a problem because of the noise disruption,” Palangi said. “District staff have already commented on how little noise disruption there is now. This is a great benefit to our student learning environment.”