On November 6, the Oak Creek-Franklin community chose to shape the future of our community’s schools by voting to approve the 2018 referendum. We are sincerely grateful for the generous support from our community.
It has been a busy fall for construction at OCFSD, with numerous projects continuing Districtwide to help us build successful futures. The most visible work this fall includes the new gymnasiums at three of our elementary schools and athletic projects at East Middle School and Oak Creek High School. Below is a deeper dive into what's going on around the District:
Edgewood, Meadowview and Shepard Hills Elementary Schools gym additions are progressing. Exterior brick work is wrapping up at Edgewood and Meadowview, which allows the mechanical and electrical work to be done and prepares for interior finishes in these new spaces. The gym addition at Shepard Hills is also underway, with foundations in the ground and walls starting to go up.
By Fall 2020, all three of these schools will have separate gymnasiums and cafeterias to accommodate the scheduling needs for lunch and physical education classes, as well as literacy and math blocks. These separated spaces allow for uninterrupted academics and improved physical education for all our students.
East Middle School and Oak Creek High School athletic projects are well underway, with the bulk of the work completed this fall. Loads of dirt have been moved, large retention ponds are dug and parking lots are ready to be paved at East and OCHS.
Since most of the underground work is complete and ballfield fences have been installed at East Middle School, the above ground work is now in the works. Roofs and walls for the concession stand and dugouts are up, allowing the interior work to proceed. Bleachers at the Varsity Baseball and Varsity Softball fields are being installed and sod and cool-season grass seed were installed mid-October to take advantage of moderate temperatures and help get fields established before winter – and ready for use next Spring!
Construction of the new competition soccer field on the high school campus has begun and is expected to be completed by Fall 2020 – lights and all.
LED lighting upgrades continue across the District to increase energy efficiency and help save on energy costs. LED updates are 100% complete at Deerfield, Edgewood and Meadowview Elementary Schools and 95% finished at East Middle School. Next on the list for lighting upgrades is the high school, which is scheduled to begin in January 2020.
Planning for next Summer's construction work has already begun! Some of the projects next in line include:
Oak Creek High School is in the design phase, with construction scheduled to begin in Summer 2020. This construction project includes the highly-anticipated, Performing Arts Education Center and improved technical education wing at OCHS.
The Carollton and Cedar Hills Elementary Schools gym additions are also in design and scheduled to begin construction next summer as well.
Numerous construction projects in our District continue to move forward. The progress on our gymnasium additions at Meadowview and Edgewood Elementary Schools includes finished walls at both schools. Meadowview's gym is a little farther along and has the roof on and exterior brick is going up. Edgewood's gym roof is currently going on and the exterior brick will start soon. Both gymnasiums are scheduled for completion during the Summer of 2020.
LED lighting upgrades continue across the district and are 100% complete at Deerfield Elementary School and 95% finished at East Middle School. LED lighting can boost focus, assist in concentration, improve overall mood and behavior in students and offers energy savings to the district.
The athletics project has officially begun, with loads of dirt moved, large retention ponds dug and grading for the new fields and parking lots underway at both OCHS and East. Underground storm water and main piping are complete at both sites as well, and underground electrical has begun. Above ground, work is ongoing to install ballfield fences at East Middle School.
Once completed, these upgrades will help our District provide inspiring learning environments for OCFSD students to excel and succeed in. The projects next in line include:
- Shepard Hills gymnasium addition, which is scheduled to start in mid-October
- Synthetic turf for baseball and softball fields at East, starting in early October
Meadowview gym walls going up.
Ballfield fencing going up at East MS.
This summer the District took its first steps toward building the vision created by our community and as the new school year quickly approaches, work on the projects from this summer is quickly coming to an end. Some of the most noticeable project highlights from this first phase include:
Edgewood & Meadowview Elementary Schools interior updates are already wrapping up. Staff and students will return to a remodeled main office area and renovated classrooms – many with fresh paint and new flooring, ceilings, sinks, and cabinetry. Both schools also underwent Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades this summer to improve accessibility to classrooms, bathrooms, and sidewalks.
New parking at Meadowview (with improved traffic flow) will be ready for use at the beginning of this school year, however, work on the new gym additions at these two schools will continue through the school year. Concrete foundations are in place, walls are going up and the gymnasiums are scheduled for completion during the summer of 2020.
Deerfield Elementary School interior remodeling will be finished this month and provide more educational support spaces for students in the upcoming school year. Exterior improvements to the main parking lot and traffic circulation are also scheduled to be completed before school starts.
East Middle School safety and security updates – including new security doors in corridors for building compartmentalization and protective fencing around classroom courtyards – will be done this summer.
West Middle School interior remodeling is finishing up this summer to create additional small group breakout spaces in the Library, as well as flexible spaces for large group instruction. Staff and students will return to a remodeled main office and refreshed classrooms/hallways – many with fresh paint, new flooring, and ceilings. Like East, new security doors were also added in corridors for security compartmentalization.
Additionally, these school buildings received LED lighting updates to gain energy efficiencies and improve student focus and concentration in learning environments.
The preliminary schedule below outlines the design phase, bidding phase, and construction phase for the projects at each location.
- Performing Arts Education Center
- Deerfield Elementary
- West Middle School
- Edgewood Elementary
- Meadowview Elementary
- Athletic Fields
- Shepard Hills Elementary