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Wheatland Celebrates Completion of Remodeling Project

Wheatland Completes Remodeling Project

Wheatland students, staff members and board members were able to celebrate the completion of the building remodeling project with a ceremonial ribbon cutting in the new instructional media center on Wednesday, October 23rd

Upon officially completing the final stage of the remodeling process made possible by the April 2018 community referendum, the District opened the building up to the community. Tours were given to residents and district stakeholders on October 23rd and 24th from 4:00-7:00 PM. With the help of Wheatland’s partners, Bray Architects, and Scherrer Construction, the project was well designed and construction was completed in a timely manner.

Board President Chris Serak commented, “We would like to thank the Wheatland community for their support during this process. The staff has worked very hard to create a culture and atmosphere that supports innovation and collaboration. These changes in the physical environment will be a game changer for how our students learn and grow in the future.”

Throughout the process the board has been able to fulfill the promises made to the larger Wheatland community. While there have been many additional improvements some of the most critical are as follows:

Building Infrastructure & Site Improvements

  • Remodeled outdated bathrooms including plumbing fixtures and piping, and addressing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues
  • Replaced heating and ventilation equipment in older sections of the school
  • Upgraded to more efficient HVAC control system
  • Replaced 50-year-old electrical systems, added efficient lighting, and updated technology infrastructure
  • Expanded capacity of the parking lot for events and improved the functionality of traffic flow

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Classroom

  • Moved science lab to the middle school to emphasize cross curricular approach and connection between subject areas
  • Remodeled available space to create a dedicated STEM laboratory and Maker Space
  • Created new flexible spaces to efficiently implement innovative learning practices

School Safety & Security

  • Expanded and renovated office to better monitor and control visitor access
  • Constructed a dedicated parent drop-off / pick-up lane to separate pedestrian and vehicle traffic
  • Installed security cameras in the building and on buses and upgraded the alarm systems
  • Redesigned and added lighted parking for visitors and staff

Renovated Classrooms

  • Renovated traditional classrooms and learning spaces to create future instructional flexibility
  • Expanded early learning areas to accommodate increased demand and evolving instructional focus
  • Created additional spaces for project-based learning, small group instruction, and access to technology
  • Renovated core classrooms as well as art and special education areas to better meet students’ needs and long-term building flow

Marty McGinley, Wheatland’s District Administrator said, “It has been a very gratifying process. Being able to see our students interact in these new spaces has been truly amazing. The flexibility we now have will allow us to adapt to the needs of our learners both now and in the future. These changes will help our students develop the aptitude and disposition needed to fulfill Wheatland’s promise of success and will serve the Wheatland community for years to come.”

Board Ribbon Cutting  Scherrer Ribbon Cutting