The Fort Osage school district is starting to see some of the benefits of the $11.37 million that voters approved in April 2017.

The renovations of the high school football stadium are nearly complete, and the new early childhood center should be ready to open in January 2019. Other renovations are a new breezeway enclosure for the high school, resurfaced walking trails and work on school playgrounds.

The Woodland Early Childhood Center will replace the Fort Osage Early Childhood Center, which had become crowded. The Fort Osage Childhood Center is a 5,700 square foot facility that serves 150 students.

The new childhood center got its name from a one-room schoolhouse that used to be where the Gragg Administration Center currently is.

“It was named after the nearby woods that was near the facility,” Fort Osage superintendent Jason Snodgrass said.

The 20,000 square-foot Woodland facility will be on the backside of Elm Grove Elementary, off Whitney Road.

“We had a need in regard to space,” Snodgrass said. “We needed therapy rooms and conference rooms. This new childhood center was a need that our community committee that selected as a priority. The new childhood center should accommodate 40 more students.”

The old childhood center will be used for other needs, once the students move to the new one, Snodgrass said.

“We’re still making decisions on how that will be utilized,” he said.

Stadium renovations

The additions to the Fort Osage High School stadium are nearly complete as the new concrete sidewalks, a three-window ticket both and a new five-room press box have already been in place.

The cost of the stadium renovations totals a little more than $3 million, and substantial completion of the project should be complete June 29, according to Snodgrass. A ribbon cutting is set for Aug. 17, Meet The Indians Night.

“The press box will be able to accomodate coaches from both teams, the student broadcast team, the scoreboard folks and the media,” Snodgrass said.

A new fence surrounds the track and football field, which originally was grass was replaced with synthetic turf. The new asphalt base has been placed on what will be a new eight-lane track and will receive a new surface his week.

“This will give us an opportunity to host more (track and field) meets,” Snodgrass said. “We have already scheduled some for the coming school year. We are pretty excited about that.”

Five hundred bleachers have been placed on the home side of the field and new concession stand and restrooms have been completed on the visitors side. The concession stand on the home side has been remodeled with a new roof. The new scoreboard can transition between football and soccer statistics and track times.

“We really wanted to leave no stone unturned with this project,” Snodgrass said. “We have added some additional concrete to clean it up. We want this to be a facility that our community can be proud of.”