We are continually looking to make improvements to all aspects of our operations at Tahlequah Public Schools. Here is an update on some projects that have been completed, are on-going, or are in the planning stages at TPS.
On the campus of Tahlequah High School, we have completed the new roofing project on our 200-building. This project was a complete tear off and installation of new insulation and roofing material to eliminate leaks in the building. You will notice as you walk by the library that the patio and ramp have been replaced to insure the safety of our students as they travel from class to class.
Tahlequah Middle School had 23 heating and air units replaced by our wonderful maintenance department over the summer. Flooring was replaced in classrooms to remove the old worn out carpet and replace it with new VCT tile. Roofing repairs were also made in specific areas to help prolong the life of the roof.
At Cherokee Elementary the construction of the new cafeteria is underway. The concrete slab will be poured soon and the main infrastructure will begin. When the new cafeteria is complete, the exterior of Cherokee will receive new paint to match the new color scheme. We are opening discussion on remodeling the old cafeteria to house the library and classrooms. We are also looking to remodel the library to incorporate the main attendance office at the front of the school. The paneling down the hallways and in the classrooms will be a topic for consideration depending on the funding resources that will be available.
A project that is set to take place at Greenwood Elementary, as soon as components are in place, is the repurposing of the old cafeteria kitchen area to allow the school resource officer, school counselors and nurse to be in one area to better communicate and free up classrooms. Many thanks to the efforts of the Greenwood PTO who contributed the funds to make this possible. We will also look to remove the paneling and make improvements to the exterior of the school if funding allows.
There have been major upgrades to the energy management system at all sites that should yield savings in energy consumption/cost. A more important aspect of this upgrade will be a much improved climate-controlled learning environment.
These projects were funded by QZAB specialized funding available to schools in addition to the building fund. The QZAB funding was targeted to improve our energy efficiency and roof repairs.
We are so grateful for the support of the city and all of its departments. It appears to be understood that a community is only as good as is its school system and a school system is only as good as its community.