Planned Facilities Improvements for Urbana School District
Urbana School District has some exciting developments for the upcoming school year. Renovations are in progress for elementary and secondary facilities, along with future plans for a new Early Childhood Center. These updates will allow for an improved image for Urbana schools and better student experience throughout the district.
Ota Dossett, Director of Facilities Services, states that “the district building improvements are moving ahead of schedule”. Construction on King Elementary has already begun and is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2011-2012 school year. When construction is completed, students will be able to enjoy a new gym and multipurpose room, along with other, much needed, additions and upgrades to the building. During the summer of 2012, Wiley Elementary will be receiving some updates as well. Outdated and worn carpeting will be replaced in many of the corridors and the replacement of classroom carpets is planned for the following year.
This summer, work will begin on the UMS Cafeteria, providing the ability for stage performances. Demolition of structures on the Southwest fields at UHS will be starting in mid November and the entire Athletics complex is expected to be completed by August of 2012. The new complex will extend the outdoor space for physical education, practice and performance athletics and other extracurricular activities. Beginning that same summer, UHS will also get a remodel of their Auditorium, as well as renovations to the air conditioning in the 1914 and 1964 additions.
Future plans for the district look promising as well. The planning stages for the new Early Childhood Center are underway and possible site configuration was presented to the Board of Education at the October 19th meeting. “It is a busy but very exciting year, and more things to come”, says Dossett.
View the Planned Facilities Improvement presentation (pdf) to see all of the proposed updates and facility improvements.
You can also visit the Martin Luther King Elementary website at www.usd116.org/king to view updates of the renovations.