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Construction begins on two-classroom addition at Westchester Elementary in Kirkwood School District

Groundbreaking marks start of first in a series of large-scale projects funded by Prop R

On Friday, Sept. 24, the Kirkwood School District officially broke ground on construction for a two-classroom addition at Westchester Elementary School. The project, located on the northwest side of the school, will allow for art and music to have dedicated spaces where instruction can be delivered. 

Superintendent David Ulrich, members of the Board of Education and community supporters marked the start of the project. Six students, one from each grade level, also participated in the event while their classmates watched the ceremony on a livestream. 

“This project will ensure teachers and staff have dedicated spaces to engage and inspire students,” said Superintendent Ulrich. “Our community’s support for Prop R made this project possible. There will be many more of these ceremonies at our schools in the coming months, and we are so grateful.”  

Construction on the two classrooms is expected to be completed by the end of January. The Board of Education approved the successful bid for the project at a special board meeting on Sept. 13.

A second phase of Prop R-funded construction at Westchester Elementary School will include eight additional grade level classrooms to maintain class sizes, a new library media center and expansion of the cafeteria. These will be completed in the summer of 2023.

The projects at Westchester Elementary are some of many made possible thanks to the community’s support of Prop R, which was approved by voters last spring. Funds generated from Prop R will provide additional classrooms, security upgrades and accessibility improvements at schools in the Kirkwood School District to address overcrowding.

While this marks the first major construction project with Prop R funds, work on HVAC improvements were completed this summer at several schools. Work is currently underway on ADA accessible ramps at North Glendale and Robinson elementary schools. 

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Pictured left to right: Jill Romano, Westchester 5th grade student; Dr. Bo Ricker, Westchester principal; Alwin Yu, Westchester 3rd grade student; Angie Bernardi, KSD board of education member; Jordan Leffler, Westchester kindergarten student; David Ulrich, KSD superintendent; Jackson Porter, Westchester 4th grade student; Dr. Stefanie Limpert, Westchester assistant principal; Daphne Engert, Westchester 1st grade student; Mark Boyko, KSD board of education member; Stella Berry, Westchester 2nd grade student; and Chad Kavanaugh, KSD board of education member.