We are continually looking to make improvements to all aspects of our operations at Tahlequah Public Schools. Here are some of the projects that we will be working on as part of our Capital Improvement Plan this summer:
replacement of roof-top air units at Tahlequah Middle School;
improvements to the energy management systems at Cherokee, Sequoyah Pre-K, the Central campus, and Tahlequah High School which will help us control our utility costs;
replacement of the roof of the original building and oldest gym at Tahlequah High School; and finally,
repair of the roof at Tahlequah Middle School.
All of these projects are funded through $1 million in QZAB funding.
Using remaining bond funds and the district's building fund, we will support construction on a new $3.2 million cafeteria/kitchen/music room/stage area at Cherokee Elementary. It will be constructed on the south side of the school facing Ward Street. This construction will also improve the bus loading area for students and will be a welcome upgrade from the present original cafeteria. In time, this construction project will give Cherokee a very new look complete with additional parking for parents and teachers. Work begins May 23 and will take one year to complete.
Improving security cameras has been ongoing at many of our sites this school year but this project will be completed this summer. This is a continued effort to make our schools safer than ever.
We hope to begin the new school year with new technology at some sites as the first part of an annual technology replacement cycle. This plan will help upgrade one school's computers each year, and will also put more devices in lower elementary students' hands during the school day. We hope to be able to earmark a secure revenue source to be dedicated toward technology, such as Cherokee Nation License tag money, in order to continue upgrading each site's technology as part of a rotation cycle.
Many additional routine smaller projects will be ongoing at all sites such as painting, fencing, tile work, concrete work, parking lot painting, upgrading exit doors, upgrading the tennis courts, playground equipment repair and addressing regular maintenance issues.
Our maintenance, grounds, transportation and custodial staff will continue to work hard throughout the summer to make our school district shine and to have things in safe working order prior to the return of our students next August for a new school year.