Original Prairie Lane Bricks Available

Posted October 16, 2019

Bricks from the original Prairie Lane Elementary School will be available to the public Monday, October 28 – Monday, November 4. A pile of bricks will be set up by the gate on the Hascall side of the school site at 11444 Hascall St. These are available on a first come, first served basis. We ask that each person only take one brick to ensure as many as possible for Prairie Lane alumni, neighbors, students and staff members.

Prairie Lane demolition and construction, October 9, 2019

The school is under construction as part of an extensive renovation and rebuilding process. The new Prairie Lane Elementary is slated to open to students in 2021. Click here for more information.

Demolition Underway At Prairie Lane

Posted October 1, 2019

Demolition at Prairie Lane Elementary continues; crews began tearing down parts of the building within the last two weeks. Photos of the progress are included below.

As noted in the new Design Development Plan, a majority of the building will be razed and replaced. Approximately 30% of the original school will be renovated.

Demolition of the existing building will be complete by the end of October. Construction documents will be issued for permitting and bidding the week of October 6, 2019.

A fence is now up around the construction area. Please note: the playground at Prairie Lane has been fenced off as well, as it is too close to demolition for children to play there safely.

Crews continue to tentatively plan on the new Prairie Lane opening to students in 2021.

State Leaders, Community Advocates Celebrate Hawkins Family Westside Boys & Girls Club

Posted August 21, 2019

Nebraska leaders, educators, and community advocates gathered Monday, August 12 at 6:00pm for the official Ribbon Cutting & Open House at the newly constructed Hawkins Family Westside Boys & Girls Club. The facility at 1312 Robertson Dr. has 15,000 square feet of dedicated club space, connecting hundreds of children with hope and opportunity after school and during the summer.

Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands

Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands has operated a Club at Westside’s Westbrook Elementary since 2005, using existing school space to provide quality care to children ages 6 to 18. The new Club, connected to Westbrook, includes a state-of-the-art Innovation Center where members will be able to fly drones, code robots, and more.

“Our commitment to children doesn’t end at 3:30 when the final bell rings each day,” said Westside Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas. “This beautiful new facility renews the incredible partnership Westside Community Schools has with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands and our community, to ensure our learners are nurtured and empowered both during and after school.”

“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is honored to continue our partnership with Westside Community Schools,” said Ivan Gilreath, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands. “Our afterschool program at Westbrook Elementary will have a newly built facility that will be safe, fun and equipped with a state of the art Innovation Center that will have the latest and greatest technology, including a drone obstacle course. This Center will also be available to the school during school hours. Our partnership will provide opportunities to assist youth in being successful academically and socially.”

Speakers and special guests included Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, Omaha City Councilman Brinker Harding, and Karen Hawkins, for which the Club is named after. Hundreds of students and families also attended to celebrate the new building and see everything it has to offer students.


Click here to read more and to view a video from the Ribbon Cutting & Open House event!

Hundreds Attend Ribbon Cutting & Open House at Swanson Elementary

Posted August 13, 2019

Westside Community Schools leaders, educators, and neighbors gathered Monday, August 12 at 3:00pm for the official Ribbon Cutting & Open House at the newly constructed Swanson Elementary School. The facility at 86th & Harney has been built over the last 18 months, replacing the iconic Swanson School constructed in 1958.

The new Swanson Elementary is 54,000 square feet and cost an estimated $13.4 million. Westside voters approved construction as part of a 2015 bond issue, funding $79.9 million in facilities improvements throughout Westside Community Schools. The original Swanson Elementary was razed after the 2017-2018 school year to make way for a new building, which includes a separate cafeteria and gymnasium, dedicated elective classroom space, improved drop off and pick up access, upgraded security and entrance vestibules, improved ADA access, and the construction of a FEMA-rated storm shelter. The project was completed on time and on budget and will open to students August 14, on the first day of the 2019-2020 school year for Westside Community Schools.

“This state-of-the-art facility exemplifies why we are Westside Community Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas. “We have a community of current and former parents, neighbors, and educators who unite together to ensure we are providing excellent, safe environments for future generations of learners. I can’t wait to see what our teachers and students achieve through this new school!”

Click here for more on Swanson Elementary, including a photo slideshow and video of the Ribbon Cutting & Open House event!


Prairie Lane Construction Update, September 2019

As of September 9, 2019 abatement work is complete and project leaders have received final inspections. Fencing is currently being installed at the site, and openings are being secured in the portion of the building that will remain. Demolition will begin on the south side of the building later this month after project leaders receive necessary permits.

Westside has contracted with Armored Knights to provide monitoring services at the site from 8:00pm to 4:00am nightly. This security team will monitor the perimeter of the building and grounds.

Officials will also be monitoring bus pickup for Westside Middle School students at the site. If you or your students have problems or concerns, please reach out to Student Services at 402-390-2107.

For the latest Design Development Plan at Prairie Lane Elementary School, click here.