When Shawnee students return to school this week, they will be welcomed with the completion of several new projects, including more secure schools. A timeline for ongoing projects also has been outlined by the district.

When Shawnee students return to school this week, they will be welcomed with the completion of several new projects, including more secure schools. A timeline for ongoing projects also has been outlined by the district.

Shawnee Superintendent Dr. April Grace updated the district staff Monday on the status of bond construction projects in the district.

These construction projects are part of a $32 million bond approved by voters in 2016.

Completed projects include the Shawnee High School parking lot and new special education classroom area, she said.

Secure entrances at Shawnee Middle School, Horace Mann Elementary and Sequoyah Elementary are completed, as are two new classrooms at Sequoyah Elementary and a safe room at Horace Mann Elementary.

Grace also outlined the progress made for construction projects around the district that are nearing completion.

These projects include a new security vestibule and parking lot at Will Rogers Elementary, where work has been ongoing all summer.

A safe room, security vestibule and new parking area is finished at Jefferson Elementary, while renovation and an added safe room at Shawnee High School’s Stucker facility, are ongoing, with anticipated completion in 2019; as well as new science classrooms and counselor area at SHS and an ADA seating area at Jim Thorpe Stadium.

A timeline for upcoming construction projects is anticipated as follows:

● Security vestibules for SHS will begin in the fall or spring semester.

● Initial steps for the purchase of land for a new elementary site are already in progress and construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.

● Beginning in 2019, construction projects will include SHS band and music rooms; enhancements to the SHS library media center/learning commons; enhancements to the SHS cafeteria and dining areas; SHS baseball field ticket booth, concession area, restrooms and ADA enhancements; SHS softball dugout enhancements and SHS tennis facility upgrade.

Watch for updates.