This fall, the Olathe School District is finishing construction financed by a $156 million bond issue that voters approved in 2016.
The district said work is proceeding on a better-secured entrance at Santa Fe Trail Middle School. The project started in early summer.
Three other middle schools — Frontier Trail, Indian Trail and Pioneer Trail — also got security upgrades at the main entrances, as well as renovation of the administrative offices and science classrooms.
In addition, new gym flooring has been installed at nine elementary schools.
“We removed existing carpet and vinyl flooring in the gyms, and installed a new padded sheet of resilient athletic flooring,” said Travis Palangi, the district’s executive director of facilities and operations. “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.”
Besides normal ongoing repairs, other recent upgrades included:
▪ Sanding and refinishing of the wood floor in the main gym at Olathe Northwest High School.
▪ The replacement of metal doors and frames at six schools with fiberglass doors and aluminum frames.
▪ Brick replacement around a classroom pod at Meadow Lane Elementary School.
▪ The installation of permanent walls to replace demountable ones between some classrooms.
“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.”