As students enjoy their summer break, the Shawnee Public Schools Board of Education has prepared for completion of projects — a task much simpler while the buildings are empty. Some of the projects are now underway and highly visible to passersby.

As students enjoy their summer break, the Shawnee Public Schools Board of Education has prepared for completion of projects — a task much simpler while the buildings are empty. Some of the projects are now underway and highly visible to passersby.

Though Shawnee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. April Grace said a few things have been put on hold, several project bids were approved to begin over the summer break.

“Most of our progress will be made over the summer while kids are gone,” Brittany Watts, SPS public relations and communications coordinator, said.

Grace said things underway this summer are:

‒ Stucker facility/safe rooms at the high school

‒ Science classrooms at the high school

‒ Parking at Will Rogers and Jefferson

‒ Security vestibules at Will Rogers and Jefferson

‒ Safe rooms at Jefferson

‒ HVAC at the high school

‒ ADA seating at Jim Thorpe Stadium

Currently on hold are the Shawnee Baseball Complex and the Tennis and Jim Thorpe projects.

Bids for the baseball complex presented in early April were over budget.

“Drawings and plans are to be refined,” Grace said.

The same was true for the tennis and Jim Thorpe projects.

“Drawings and plans are to be refined and rebid with the Phase III projects at the high school,” Grace said. The Jim Thorpe paving project is not in the bond; costs prohibit this project from being done at this time, Grace said.