Students and faculty at Westside Elementary in Pittsburg celebrated the groundbreaking of two new classrooms that will be added to the current school. Two other elementary schools (George Nettles & Meadowlark) are also receiving upgrades. Officials say these new classrooms will feature a flexible and adaptive layout to provide for a variety of student configurations and allow instruction and learning to be adjusted as needed.
Superintendent Destry Brown says they are excited to get the projects underway. “I’m just glad to see dirt moving and see things happening and it’s been a long time getting here. We’ve been so overcrowded throughout the district. This building not so much, but in the other buildings we are so overcrowded. It’ll be great to have a lot better places for kids and we spread them out a little more. It’s gonna be great when things are done.”
Brown adds that each classroom will also serve as storm shelters. “They will meet all of the new codes and everything for storm shelters and provide a safe space for our kids. They’ll have great places now to be able to be safe and secure.”
You’ll remember that in the March 2017 Bond Election, Pittsburg voters approved a $31 million bond for renovations and construction at all district schools and the Family Resource Center.
Brown says they’ve been working to get these upgrades for about three years. “The first time around it failed. The second time around we put together a project that we felt like that our voters were willing to support and it passed by 70%, so we think we were able to do that. I hope that by the end everybody is proud of what we’ve done and they feel really good about the things we’re being able to provide for our kids.”
The middle school will be getting a new gymnasium with added space for locker rooms and fitness classes. A new kitchen/cafeteria, band room, more office space and other remodeling will be done at the high school.
The classrooms are all expected to be ready to use by next fall with Crossland Construction leading the project.