Update on District Projects
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 ongoing, or are in the planning stages at TPS. These projects are funded through our building fund that is supported by local ad valorum.
On the campus of Tahlequah High School, we have been upgrading the lights in the TMAC to a more energy efficient LED bulb. When this conversion is complete, we will save 150 amps in power. We also had minor repairs to the TMAC, the coaches building, a tennis court fence and the roof at Sequoyah Elementary due to storm damage last spring.
Tahlequah Middle school received upgrades on their windows to improve efficiency and functionality.
Sequoyah has been very busy since spring break. We started a roofing project on the main roof to repair the leaks. This project should be completed weather permitting the beginning of April.
At Cherokee Elementary, you will notice we have the steel structure up for the new cafeteria. The internal framing is almost complete and the Electrical and Plumbing systems are in progress. When the new cafeteria is complete, the exterior of Cherokee will receive new paint to match our new color scheme. We are in discussions on remodeling the old cafeteria to house the library and additional 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.
Our project at Greenwood Elementary that is near completion, 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. 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.
Major upgrades to the energy management system at all sites are in its final stages. With these upgrades, we will yield savings in energy consumption/cost. A more important aspect of this upgrade will be a much-improved climate-controlled learning environment.
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.