The Westlake City School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony in August 2011to celebrate the initiation of Phase I of the Master Facilities Plan.
The groundbreaking celebrated the beginning of a three-year construction project that will result in a new middle school, a new high school and a renovated intermediate school. These facility improvements came about thanks to the commitment of the Westlake Board of Education and the concentrated efforts of the Citizens for Westlake Schools bond issue campaign committee, led by Cathy Axcell and Joe Kraft.
Director of Construction Projects
MASTER FACILITIES: PHASE I
With passage of Phase I of the Master Facilities Plan, the Westlake Schools can move forward on a much-needed building project that will include:
· Renovating Lee Burneson Middle School to turn it into an intermediate school for grades 5-6. Estimated completion: Winter 2013/2014.
· Building a new middle school for grades 7-8 near the existing building. Estimated completion: Fall 2013.
· Rebuilding an extensive portion of Westlake High School while preserving the 2005 additions. Estimated completion: Fall 2013.
Programming meetings were held with staff from WHS and LBMS, along with the architecture and construction firms (MKC Associations and Turner Construction, respectively). The district met with the 20/20 Vision Committee and neighbors whose property abuts WHS and LBMS. An oversight committee of district staff, Board of Education members and community members also was formed. Work is now being done regarding geotechnical work, environmental surveying, property surveying/staking and traffic studies.
Phase II will involve consolidation through renovating the existing Parkside Intermediate School into a PreK-4 building, and building two new elementary schools. This will be revisited with the community before being placed on the ballot. It is important to note the district will have a tax millage drop-off in 2017 that potentially would equal the cost of implementing Phase II, amounting to a tax neutral situation for the community.
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