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Superintendent reports on Osage City school construction project, parking, traffic changes

USD 420 Superintendent Troy Hutton presents a construction and traffic update on the ongoing storm shelter and gymnasium project in the school district’s February newsletter.

We appreciate your continued support in helping USD 420 with the school facility project. We have spent many months working through the initial projects and will begin the next phase of construction in just a few short weeks.

As construction nears, we have met with our contractor and architects to discuss the operations during the next several months. With the construction area located between the Homewood Gym and Osage City Middle School, we will be trying to keep this area closed to parent, student and staff traffic as much as possible to insure a safe environment.

  • The area on the south side of the school between the middle school and Homewood Gymnasium will have fencing to protect students and patrons during the construction of the storm shelter/gymnasium.
  • The parking lot south of the Homewood gymnasium will be closed to staff, students and patrons and will be used for construction purposes only. We will also be using the old Wick’s lot for staging of materials which will cause considerable construction traffic in this area. The traffic on this street should be limited to only those patrons who live on California and south Fifth Street.
  • The south entrance doors to the middle school will be available for students who walk or ride bicycles to enter prior to school or for exiting at the end of the day. However, parents dropping off middle school students will need to do so at the front doors of the high school. The bicycle racks will be moved to an area south of the vo-ag building for middle school students. Visitors to the middle school during school hours will need to enter through the main entrances of either the high school or elementary school.
  • Elementary school students will need to enter through the elementary doors and be dropped off at the elementary doors. Elementary bicycle riders will need to use racks outside the elementary front entrance.

We will have a few staff parking spots available south of the middle school, but we will lose several spots on the west end to construction.

These changes will go into effect on Monday, Feb. 10. It may take some time for construction to ramp up, but we will need time to adjust to these changes as demolition of this area and the construction goes into full swing.

Everyone involved with the facility project is concerned about child safety. We know this is an inconvenience to the entire community, but believe the new facilities will make up for it in the long run. We believe this is the safest possible solution during this year of transition.

Thank you for your support of the students of Osage City.

For more information, contact superintendent Hutton at the district office at 520 Main St., Osage City, or call 785-528-3176.

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