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  • GV school district plans for new transportation center

  • As Grain Valley looks long term as to how Grain Valley High School can be changed to increase space and provide adequate learning facilities, administrators must also turn their attention to the transportation center, which will be heavily impacted by the high school expansion.

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  • As Grain Valley looks long term as to how Grain Valley High School can be changed to increase space and provide adequate learning facilities, administrators must also turn their attention to the transportation center, which will be heavily impacted by the high school expansion.
    “It will need to be moved because we need the area that the current facility is on for the high school expansion,” said Marc Snow, assistant superintendent of finance and support services. “The district needed a site for its transportation center that was not located on the high school campus. We needed a site that was big enough to grow into as the district continued to expand.”
    In order to prepare for a new transportation facility, the Grain Valley School District purchased 23 acres at the corner of Route AA and Sni-A-Bar Boulevard in Grain Valley. The purchase price for the property was just more than $1.2 million.
    Currently, the transportation center is south of Grain Valley High School. However, according to the long-range plan that has been developed for the high school, transportation will have to be moved to make way for an addition.
    The current size of Grain Valley High School is about 145,000 square feet. Once all of the proposed expansions have been completed, the building will be almost 266,000 square feet, increasing the teaching spaces from 49 to 79. Finished, the building would accommodate 1,250 students, with a maximum of 1,500.
    The first phase of the high school’s master plan has already started. It includes a five-classroom addition on the southeast corner of the current building that will provide adequate space for science courses. There will also be an additional set of student restrooms and collaborative learning spaces for students and staff. The new classrooms will be larger than those for regular courses, geared more for courses that need extra space, such as science, art, engineering and Family and Consumer Science. The new classrooms are expected to be complete in time for the 2013-14 school year, which begins in August.
    The plans call for subsequent expansions to the north and the northwest, southeast and southwest corners of the building. The administrative offices and main entry will be moved from the west side of the building to the north, facing Route AA. The renovations also include a half circle, a main hallway connecting the main entry at the north side of the building, looping around toward the east and ending on the west side of the building at a new event entry. All other hallways would be accessed from this main hallway.
    But as the building expands south to accommodate these additional classrooms, feature and renovations, the transportation center will have to be moved. Snow said he expects construction on a new facility to begin within the next two to three years.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It will have more room,” he said of the new facility. “It will have more parking. We will have room to add more bus bays. A key component is that it will not be located directly behind the high school in a land-locked piece of property that will be needed for the expansion of the high school. Also, it will have easier access in and out at the new location.”
     
     
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