PITTSBURG — The dirt work has begun and walls are going up for Pittsburg Community Schools.
All of this construction is the result of a $31 million bond election which voters approved March 2017. The bond has provided additions to be made at all of USD 250 schools.
USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown said everything is on schedule and on budget.
“I’m excited about that,” he said.
Brown said he is glad to have all the projects going before he leaves on June 30, making it easier for the incoming superintendent.
Construction is underway at all but one school — Lakeside Elementary.
The first schools that broke ground were three out of the four elementary schools in the district, Meadowlark, Westside and George Nettels. The construction is adding classrooms, which will also serve as safe rooms. The three schools are nearing completion — masonry and drywall installation will begin next week for a few of the schools.
George Nettels broke ground in January and will be completed approximately June 19 and Westside and Meadowlark broke ground in February with tentative completion dates on June 25 and July 9. Lakeside’s groundbreaking ceremony is set for May 14 and construction will begin in June.
In March, Pittsburg Community Middle School broke ground for their new gym, which is to give more space for physical education class and additional space for teams during games. It will also serve as a storm shelter.
Foundations and walls have not been constructed yet. However, dirt work has began, which revealed three cisterns with the stored items still tucked away inside — all of which needed to be dug out.
“The cisterns have been a challenge, but that’s pretty normal for Pittsburg,” Brown said.
The tentative completion date for the new gym at PCMS is April 2019.
Second to last to begin construction is one of the bigger projects — Pittsburg High School.
The project broke ground on April 9. Construction began to remove the amphithere on the west side of the building on Tuesday, where the new kitchen and cafeteria will be built.
The site has several projects, including new offices, entrance and a band room. Some classes will be moved to other parts of the building and the library/media room will also undergo renovations. The cafeteria will also serve as a storm shelter.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.