Updated: Aug 18, 2021
Workers with Dahmer Contracting Group work on framing the new entryway to Prairie View High School. Construction on the entryway is expected to be completed by late September. (Bonnie Hobson/Linn County Journal)
LA CYGNE – Several construction projects are under way at Prairie View High School. The projects are funded by a bond, which was approved by voters at $7.5 million.
Due to low interest rates, the amount of the bond is higher. In May, the Prairie View USD 362 Board of Education approved Nabholz Construction's guaranteed maximum price of more than $8.8 million for the project. Nabholz Construction, a Lenexa-based company, is the district's building contractor.
The district plans to use capital outlay funds to cover an overage of about $709,000. The overage is due to increased material costs from the pandemic.
Work on the front of the building is on track to be finished by the end of September. The office areas have been gutted west of the library. Remodeled areas will include a new reception area, principal and vice principal offices, an office for the school resource officer, conference room, storage and vault areas.
Existing classrooms will be receiving touch ups including upgraded electrical, fire alarm, and intercom systems. A new wheelchair accessible restroom will be added, as well as an elevator, which will go in next summer.
The building additions of the new vocational agriculture and weightlifting areas will be in progress throughout the 2021-22 school year. Because of this, parking will be a challenge for staff, students and visitors.
Parking will be available at the south end of the middle school, at the ballfield, and the parking lot at the front of the high school and middle school.
With main entry door under construction, everyone who enters the high school will do so through the entry to the Performing Arts Center and central office until sometime this fall.