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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Completion of Prop R Construction at Westchester Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District

On Saturday, October 7, the Kirkwood School District (KSD) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Westchester Elementary School. In attendance were KSD school board members, school and district staff, Westchester students and parents, and community members. 

 

The ceremony celebrated the completion of Prop R construction at Westchester Elementary School. Thanks to the support of the community for Prop R, Westchester students now have 10 additional classrooms, a new library media center, an expanded cafeteria and upgraded restroom facilities.

 

This work was beyond necessary – due to increasing enrollment here at Westchester, they had outgrown the spaces,” said Dr. David Ulrich, Superintendent, as he addressed the crowd. “Thanks to the cafeteria expansion, grade levels can now be together in the cafeteria. Thanks to the addition, no specials or other classes have to be provided on a cart. And, thanks to the new library, Westchester has a multi-functional space that is triple the size of their previous library.”

 

After the ceremony, visitors were able to tour the school and see the new learning spaces for themselves. Members of the public included former Westchester students and families, who were wowed by the updates. Younger attendees enjoyed games in the new courtyard, arts projects in the new library and refreshments sponsored by the PTO in the expanded cafeteria. 

 

Prop R was approved by voters in April 2021. Funds generated from Prop R are providing additional classrooms, security upgrades and accessibility improvements at all schools in the Kirkwood School District to address overcrowding.