Prairie Lane Plans Updated

Posted July 30, 2019

Based on economic projections and construction bids, the Westside Board of Education is pursuing an option to replace a substantial part of Prairie Lane Elementary rather than the initial plan to renovate a majority of the existing building. All options and research will be presented to the Prairie Lane Design Advisory Committee on August 13.

Our hope is to first provide these committee members and our Board of Education with more details, as they have been dedicated and important contributors to this process. We will release more information with staff and families as soon as more detailed plans begin to take shape.

Thank you to all of our Prairie Lane community for your continued engagement and support.

Board Approves Prairie Lane Concept Design

Posted October 23, 2018

The Westside Board of Education has voted unanimously to approve a concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School. As part of our 2015 Facilities Master Plan, Prairie Lane will undergo extensive renovations and expansion, with construction beginning the Summer of 2019.

Click here to view the concept design for Prairie Lane Elementary School.

TACKArchitects and Project Advocates facilitated the presentation, after gathering community input on wants and needs for the project. The Design Advisory Committee will continue to meet throughout this fall.

For more details about plans for Prairie Lane Elementary or the District Facilities Master Plan, click here.

Sunset Hills Opens to Students, Community

Sunset Hills Elementary School has opened for Westside Community Schools students. The $13.8 million dollar project is on time and on budget as promised to voters in 2015.

Please click here for videos and photos of the Ribbon Cutting and 1st Day for students!

District leaders hosted students, staff and community members August 8th for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event concluded two years of planning, design and construction as part of Westside’s 2015 Master Facilities Plan. The original Sunset Hills Elementary School, built in 1956, was demolished this summer; the new Sunset Hills was built just to the west of the original school at 95th and Walnut Street.

The new building is a 2-section elementary school, approximately double the size of the previous building. It opened for the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 14th.

Learners, Leaders Celebrate New Westside Boys & Girls Club

Westside Community Schools in close partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is proud to announce the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new club honoring the Hawkins Family attached to Westbrook Elementary School. Both organizations, along with dozens of students from Westbrook Elementary, took part in the ceremony on Tuesday, May 8 at the site of the new club.


For 13 years, the Westside Boys & Girls Club has provided a safe, fulfilling environment for learners to spend time after school. This brand new facility will continue our joint mission to help children ages 6 to 18 learn and grown in a fun and safe place with caring staff.

“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 after school 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.”

“Our job as educators is to help our learners grow into the best overall people they can possibly be,” said Tyler Hottovy, Principal of Westbrook Elementary. “This beautiful new facility, right next door to Westbrook, ensures children will continue learning and growing in a positive environment every day when they leave school. We are also excited that the top floor will be a shared innovation space between the club and the school that all students will benefit all Westbrook students.”

Holland Basham Architects is designing the new facility, and Ronco Construction will complete construction at the site. The construction of the Westside Boys & Girls Club will begin at the conclusion of the the school year later this month. The existing Club will remain open until the new Club opens to members in August of 2019.

Special guests at the May 8 event included several members of the Hawkins family, for whom the new site will be named, as well as Boys and Girls Club Chair and Principle of Holland Basham Architects Tim Holland, who presented all student performers with T-shirts and club memberships.

NEW: Preview of Swanson Elementary

The Design Advisory Committee for Swanson Elementary met on Monday, May 7, to see an updated presentation from project leaders and architects about the new school, scheduled to open to students in the Fall of 2019.

The mission of Westside Community Schools and the Bond Oversight Committee has been to fulfill a promise to our stakeholders: to complete this $79.9 million dollar Major Facilities Plan on time and on budget. With each project, our team of contractors, led by Project Advocates, works diligently with the architects and construction companies to ensure an “on budget” project.

At Swanson Elementary, the team is currently completing the final steps in the design process to ensure that design documents align with: the established budget; city code requirements; safety/security recommendations; and current construction market factors. As the project team works through each of these points, they are constantly referring back to suggestions and requests made by the Design Advisory Committee (DAC). At this time, no substantive changes have been made to the design; the building is consistent with the Design Development drawings shared with the public, and reflective of the functional and aesthetic aspirations expressed by Swanson stakeholders.

Key notes:

– At the conclusion of the design development phase, construction of a new Swanson Elementary School was estimated just over $12 million dollars, more than $1 million higher than the approved $11.1 million budget.

– Teacher/Learner satisfaction and Functionality have been the two, clear aspirations of architects and project leaders, as stressed by the Design Advisory Committee.

– Project leaders continue to align the project goals with the established budget.

CLICK HERE to view the presentation from Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture.