Bond Updates
2/14/2013 Construction On New Road To 2nd Enterance

Construction on the new road to the second entrance and exit to the Garden City High School campus has begun.  The new enterance and exit will be located at the northwest corner of the student parking lot on the GCHS campus as shown in the photo.

The school currently has one two-lane entrance and exit to the facility with traffic moving one-way counter clockwise around the entire campus.  

The new entrance and exit would be controlled access for events and for emergency purposes. The new road is part of a new housing subdivision that is being developed in the area to the west of the high school. The housing development would pay for the road to be put in and connected to the high school campus parking lot.


10/26/2012 Board Approves Second Entrance

The USD 457 Board of Education approved adding a second entrance and exit to the new Garden City High School facility at its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, October 22, 2012. The new road would be located at the northwest corner of the student parking lot on the GCHS campus as shown in the photo.

The school currently has one two-lane entrance and exit to the facility with traffic moving one-way counter clockwise around the entire campus.

The new entrance and exit would be controlled access for events and for emergency purposes. The new road is part of a new housing subdivision that is being developed in the area to the west of the high school. The housing development would pay for the road to be put in and connected to the high school campus parking lot.

10/18/2012 Garfield Early Childhood Center Dedication

Garfield Early Childhood Center held a dedication ceremony for the facility on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.  The ceremony was held in the cafeteria at the school, 121 W. Walnut Street.

There were addresses made by the principal of the school and the superintendent of schools.  The Chamber of Commerce ambassadors helped with the ribbon cutting to officially open the school.


10/10/2012 Horace Good Middle School Dedication

Horace J Good Middle School held a dedication ceremony for the facility at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.  The ceremony was held in the Courtyard at the school, 1412 N. Main Street.

There were addresses made by the principal of the school, a family member of the Horace Good family and the superintendent of schools.  The Chamber of Commerce ambassadors helped with the ribbon cutting to officially open the school.


9/7/2012 Abe Hubert Elementary Dedication

Abe Hubert Elementary School held a dedication ceremony for the facility on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.  The ceremony was held in the cafeteria at the school, 1205 A Street.

There were addresses made by the principal of the school and the superintendent of schools.  The Chamber of Commerce ambassadors helped with the ribbon cutting to officially open the school.


9/4/2012 Dedication of Building

Garden City High School held a dedication ceremony for the new high school on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.  The ceremony was held in the commons area at the school, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.
 
The GCHS band and cheerleaders performed during the ceremony.  There were addresses made by a student council representative, deputy commissioner of education for the state of Kansas, the superintendent of schools, Board of Education president and the mayor of Garden City.  The Chamber of Commerce ambassadors helped with the ribbon cutting to offically open the school.

8/29/2012 New High School Stadium

The photo shows the home section of the stadium with the back seating creating a "G".  The stadium will seat approximately 4,000 with 2,500 on the home section which sets on the west side of the football field.  An additional 1,500 seats are on the east side of the field. 


8/24/2012 Flag Raising At High School

The GCHS Buffalo Battalion JROTC Color Guard stands at attention in front of the flag poles at the high school.  All GCHS students participated in the historic event of the raising of the flags at the new school.  A bugle corps performed and the GCHS JROTC Color Guard raised the American flag along with the Kansas flag and the high school flag.  The student body then performed the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the beginning of school.  The students were dismissed back to their learning communities for the start of school.


8/21/2012 Brick Pavers Installed at High School

Chris Hardman with Adolfson & Peterson Construction is installing engraved paver bricks as part of the walkway to the student entrance into the new high school.  Garden City Public Schools Foundation is working with Garden City High School on a special Brick Paver project at the new high school.   The funds from the project will support the GCHS Hall of Fame and future projects at the new school. The bricks can be purchased for $100. Brick inscriptions may include one's name and graduating year, or the names of loved ones, friends, or families of those who hold Garden City High School dear to them.


8/16/2012 Removal of Mobile Classrooms

Moving crews are preparing to move another mobile classroom from Horace Good Middle School, 1412 N. Main Street. The former Garden City High School facility is being transformed into a middle school that will open the 2012-13 school year. The mobile classrooms are being removed as part of the long-range facility plan that was passed by the public in 2008. The plan is to eliminate the use of the mobile classrooms in the district.


8/15/2012 Abe Hubert Elementary School

Abe Hubert Middle School has been converted into Abe Hubert Elementary School as part of the long-range facility plan that was approved in 2008.  The signage has been changed to reflect that the school is now an elementary school.  The school will contain four of each class (K-4) at the school.


8/6/2012

The photo shows the stadium at the new high school.  Upgrades to the stadium include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard.  The construction crew has been working on surfacing the track at the stadium. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.

7/27/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the new surface at the new track at the stadium at the high school. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.

7/27/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the construction crew working on surfacing the track at the stadium at the new high school. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.


7/26/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the construction crew working on surfacing the track at the stadium at the new high school. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.


7/26/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the visitor section of the stadium looking to the east towards the US 50/400 bypass.  Upgrades to the stadium include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.

7/19/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the construction crew working on the home seating section of the stadium at the new high school.  Upgrades to the stadium include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.

7/19/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the visitor section of the stadium looking to the east towards the US 50/400 bypass.  Upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.

7/17/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the home seating section of the stadium at the new high school.  Work continues to complete the seating at the stadium. Upgrades to the stadium include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.


7/13/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the visitor section of the stadium looking to the east towards the US 50/400 bypass.  Upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.

7/12/2012 High School Stadium Progressing

The photo shows the home seating section of the stadium at the new high school.  Upgrades to the stadium include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.


7/10/2012 Horace J. Good Middle School Progressing

The photo shows the practice gymnasium at Horace J. Good Middle School getting painted with the middle school colors. The former Garden City High School facility is being transformed into a middle school that will open the 2012-13 school year. The school will have an enrollment of approximately 700 students.

7/9/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the commons area at the new high school with the new tables and chairs installed.  A closed lunch period will be implemented at the school with the commons area seating approximately 750.  The new school will open August 2012.

6/27/2012 Removal of Mobile Classrooms

Moving crews are starting to prepare to move the mobile classrooms from Horace Good Middle School, 1412 N. Main Street. The former Garden City High School facility is being transformed into a middle school that will open the 2012-13 school year. The mobile classrooms are being removed as part of the long-range facility plan that was passed by the public in 2008. The plan is to eliminate the use of the mobile classrooms in the district. 

6/27/2012 Progress at Abe Hubert Elementary

A crew works on erecting playground equipment between Penrose Stadium grandstands and Abe Hubert Elementary School.  The former Abe Hubert Middle School facility is being transformed into an elementary school that will open the 2012-13 school year.

6/27/2012 Progress at Abe Hubert Elementary

Abe Hubert Middle School is being converted into an elementary attendance center as part of the long-range facility plan that was approved in 2008.  The construction crew is working to convert the lab room and art classroom at the front of the school into four kindergarten classrooms.  The construction crew will be installing doors for exits from each of the classrooms. The school will contain four of each class (K-4) at the school.

6/22/2012 Progress at Abe Hubert Elementary

Abe Hubert Middle School is being converted into an elementary attendance center as part of the long-range facility plan that was approved in 2008.  The construction crew is working to convert the lab room and art classroom at the front of the school into four kindergarten classrooms.  The construction crew will be installing doors for exits from each of the classrooms. The school will contain four of each class (K-4) at the school.

6/21/2012 High School Tennis Courts

The construction crew is working at installing surfaces on the eight new tennis courts at the new high school. The tennis courts will be completed for the fall sports season.

6/21/2012 Progress at Abe Hubert Elementary

A construction crew works on erecting playground equipment between Penrose Stadium grandstands and Abe Hubert Elementary School.  The former Abe Hubert Middle School facility is being transformed into an elementary school that will open the 2012-13 school year.

6/19/2012 New Stadium Construction Progressing

The scoreboard and messaging board at the football field at the new high school is up and running. The construction crew is making adjustments to the system to make it ready for the upcoming fall sports season.  The upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting along with the messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.

6/19/2012 Progress at Abe Hubert Elementary

A construction crew demolished a classroom building east of the Penrose Stadium grandstands Monday at the former Abe Hubert Middle School. The crew also did some landscaping work in the area that will become a playground. The facility is being transformed into an elementary school.

6/18/2012 New Stadium Construction Progressing

The construction crew is working on installing the scoreboard and messaging board at the football field at the new high school. The upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting along with a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.

6/13/2012 New Stadium Construction Progressing

The construction crew is working on installing the scoreboard and messaging board at the football field at the new high school. The upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting along with a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.


6/12/2012 New Stadium Construction Progressing

The construction crew is working on installing the scoreboard at the football field at the new high school. There will also be a messaging board installed on the frame. 

Upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.


6/12/2012 New Stadium Construction Progressing

The construction crew is working on the pylons and concrete work for the additional seating at the stadium. The photo shows the visitor section of the stadium looking to the east towards the US 50/400 bypass.  Upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.


6/11/2012 Conversion of Abe Hubert Into Elementary School

Abe Hubert Middle School is being converted into an elementary attendance center as part of the long-range facility plan that was approved in 2008.  The construction crew is working to convert the lab room and art classroom at the front of the school into four kindergarten classrooms.  The construction crew will be installing doors for exits from each of the classrooms. The school will contain four of each class (K-4) at the school.

6/7/2012 Horace J. Good Middle School

The old high school is starting to be transformed into Horace J. Good Middle School.  The signage has been changed to reflect that the school is now a middle school. The school will have an enrollment of approximately 700 students.


6/6/2012 Stadium Progressing

The construction crew has installed the lights at the stadium at the new high school. Upgrades to the stadium include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium will be completed for the fall sports season.


5/29/2012 New Stadium Construction Progressing

The construction crew is working on installing the frame to the messaging scoreboard at the football field at the new high school. The Board of Education voted to finish the stadium at the new high school, during its March 5, 2012 meeting.

Upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium should be completed for the fall sports season.


5/21/2012 New Stadium Construction Progressing

The construction crew is working on installing the base to the messaging scoreboard at the football field at the new high school. The Board of Education voted to finish the stadium at the new high school, during its March 5, 2012 meeting.

Upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium should be completed for the fall sports season.

The investment in the project will not exceed $912,000. The school district has received $300,000 in private donations and sponsorships for the new stadium.


4/30/2012 High School Tour

Garden City High School will hold community tours of the new high school on Saturday, May 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The tours will be self-guided through the new facility located at 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.  There will be tour guides stationed at strategic locations in the building for information and for directions on certain points of interest. 

The new high school is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school. Green will highlight the Freshman Academy. Red will represent the School of Arts and Communications. Yellow will represent the School of Trade and Health Science. Blue will represent the School of Public Service.

The new high school sits on a 121.36 acre campus. The school is a 384,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility that houses 120 classrooms, a 750-seat auditorium along with a gymnasium that has seating for approximately 2,500. There are eight tennis courts on the campus and the stadium will seat 4,000 when completed. A closed lunch period will be implemented at the school with the commons area seating approximately 750.

There is a two-lane entrance and exit to the facility. Traffic will move one-way counter clockwise around the entire campus with access points to parking lots and drop-offs for busses, students, and staff.

The new school is expected to open August 2012.

4/25/2012 New High School

Garden City High School is "Home of the Buffaloes." The new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school. Green will highlight the Freshman Academy. Red will represent the School of Arts and Communications. Yellow represents the School of Trade and Health Science. Blue will represent the School of Public Service. The new school is expected to open August 2012.


4/18/2012 New High School

The new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities.  Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school.  Green will highlight the Freshman Academy as seen in the photo.  Each of the academies will have a secretary and a principal except for the Freshman Academy, which will have two principals.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

4/18/2012 New High School

The new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities.  Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school.  Red will represent the School of Arts and Communications as seen in the photo.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

4/18/2012 New High School

The new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities.  Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school.  Yellow represents the School of Trade and Health Science as seen in the photo.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

4/18/2012 New High School

The new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities.  Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school.  Blue will represent the School of Public Service as seen in the photo.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.


4/18/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the unique structure of the ceiling in the commons area at the new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard. The commons area will accommodate 750 students. This will allow for a closed lunch period that will be implemented at the school.
The facility is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

4/18/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the furniture in the media center at the new high school.  The school is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school. Red will represent the School of Arts and Communications; blue will represent the School of Public Service; yellow represents the School of Trade and Health Science; and green will highlight the Freshman Academy. The new school is expected to open August 2012.


4/11/2012 High School Progressing

There are truckloads of furniture that are starting to arrive at the new high school. The photo shows the commons area at the new school being used as the receiving space and staging area for the reception of the furniture for the building.

The school is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school. Red will represent the School of Arts and Communications; blue will represent the School of Public Service; yellow represents the School of Trade and Health Science; and green will highlight the Freshman Academy. The new school is expected to open August 2012.


4/6/2012 New High School

The photo shows the wrestling room at the new high school.  The school is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.


3/30/2012 New High School Progressing

Traffic signs have recently been installed on the campus at the new high school, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.  The school has a two-lane entrance and exit to the facility. The signs will help direct traffic around the campus, which will move counter clockwise around the facility.

The school is designed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

3/21/2012 Sodbuster Moved to New High School

Sodbuster was moved on Tuesday, March 21, from its location at the current high school to its new home at the new high school. Sodbuster’s new home is in a special showcase that is located across from the auditorium at the new high school.

3/6/2012 Board of Education Votes To Finish Stadium

The Board of Education voted to finish the stadium at the new high school, during its regular meeting on Monday, March 5, 2012.  The Board voted 6-1 to proceed with the project during the meeting. Board member Alex Wallace recused himself from the vote due to a conflict of interest.

Upgrades to the stadium will include additional seating from 1,500 to 4,000; installation of lighting and a messaging scoreboard. The stadium should be completed for the fall sports season.

The investment in the project will not exceed $912,000.  The school district has received $300,000 in private donations and sponsorships for the new stadium.

The new high school is ahead of schedule and is under budget.

2/28/2012 High School Progressing

The construction crew is putting up graphic artwork in the commons area at the new high school of buffalo roaming and running on the plains.   The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school. Red will represent the School of Arts and Communications; blue will represent the School of Public Service; yellow represents the School of Trade and Health Science; and green will highlight the Freshman Academy.


2/24/2012 High School Progressing

The construction crew is putting up the graphic artwork in the academies around the new high school.  The photo shows the graphic artwork that is part of the School of Public Service. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school. Red will represent the School of Arts and Communications; blue will represent the School of Public Service; yellow represents the School of Trade and Health Science; and green will highlight the Freshman Academy.


2/22/2012 Board of Education Looks To Finish Stadium

The Board of Education is looking at finishing the stadium at the new high school. The investment in the project would not exceed $912,000.  The school district has received $300,000 in private donations and sponsorships for the new stadium. The donors and sponsors will not be named unless the board approves finishing out the stadium.

Upgrades to the stadium would include additional seating, putting up lighting smf a messaging scoreboard.  If the board approves finishing the stadium, it would seat up to 4,000 people.  The new stadium currently will seat 1,500 people.

The Board of Education was concerned about lighting at the stadium due to the location next to the by-pass. The district has received approval on the lighting for the new stadium from the Kansas Department of Transportation.


2/22/2012 High School Progressing

The construction crew is starting to install the signage around the new high school. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school. Red, as seen in the photo, will represent the School of Arts and Communications; blue will represent the School of Public Service; yellow represents the School of Trade and Health Science; and green will highlight the Freshman Academy.


2/22/2012 High School Progressing

The construction crew is starting to install the signage around the new high school.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.


2/10/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the commons area for the 9th Grade Academy.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.


2/3/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the glass feature looking from the inside out onto the school campus. The buffalo, the school mascot, is part of the distinctive student entrance at the school.   The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

2/2/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows construction crews working on the media center at the new high school.  The project is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

2/1/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the new flagpoles at the school.  The project is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.


1/26/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows one of the classrooms in the School of Trade and Health Science academy.  The project is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/19/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the orchestra room at the new high school.  The project is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/18/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the entrance to the gymnasium from the commons area at the new high school.  The buffalo will welcome guests into the gymnasium, which will seat approximately 2,500. The project is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/17/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the art room at the new high school.  The project is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/16/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the new high school home team lockroom.  The project is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/13/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the main gymnasium at the new high school.  The gymnasium will have a walking track and will seat approximately 2,500.  The new high school is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/12/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the floor level of the main gymnasium at the new high school.  The gymnasium will have a walking track and will seat approximately 2,500.  The project is 90 percent complete, is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/11/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the physics room at the new high school.  The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is ahead of schedule and under budget.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/10/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the public entrance to the new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard. The facility is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. The project is ahead of schedule and under budget.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/9/2012 High School Progressing

The photo is from the stage looking to the audience in the 750 seat state-of-the-art auditorium at the new high school.  The new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard is ahead of schedule and under budget.  The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/6/2012 High School Progressing

The photo shows the unique structure of the ceiling in the commons area at the new high school. The commons area will accommodate 750 students. This will allow for a closed lunch period that will be implemented at the school.
The facility is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. The new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard is ahead of schedule and under budget. The building will be completed April 1, 2012, and the school district will take possession of the building on that date. The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/5/2012 High School Progressing

The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. Each of the academies will be represented by a color at the school. Yellow, as seen in the photo, represents the School of Trade and Health Science; red will represent the School of Arts and Communications; blue will represent the School of Public Service; and green will highlight the Freshman Academy.
The new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard is ahead of schedule and under budget. The building will be completed April 1, 2012, and the school district will take possession of the building on that date. The new school is expected to open August 2012.

1/4/2012 High School Progressing

The photos shows the unique student entrance to the new high school at 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. The project is ahead of schedule and under budget. The building will be completed April 1, 2012, and the school district will take possession of the building on that date.

The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. Each career academy will have teachers from different subjects, who will combine their efforts as a means of integrating academic and technical curriculum. The new school is expected to open August 2012.

12/16/2011 High School Progressing

The new high school sits on a 121.36 acre campus. The school is a 384,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility that houses 120 classrooms, a 750-seat auditorium along with a gymnasium that has seating for approximately 2,500. There are eight tennis courts on the campus. A closed lunch period will be implemented at the school.  
The school has a two-lane entrance and exit to the facility. Traffic will move one-way counter clockwise around the entire campus.
The school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The new school is expected to open August 2012.

12/12/2011 High School Progressing

Construction crews are working on installing seats in the 750 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium at the new high school.  The new school is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is expected to open August 2012.


12/1/2011 High School Progressing

Construction crews are working on the new greenhouse that is located on the west end of the new high school.  Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The new high school is expected to open August 2012.

11/30/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the south entrance of the commons area. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The new high school is expected to open August 2012.

11/22/2011 High School Progressing

The photo from Adolfson & Peterson Construction shows the student entrance of the new high school.  The Garden City Public Schools Foundation is working with Garden City High School on a special Brick Paver project at the new high school.  The Brick Paver project is part of the walkway to the student entrance into the new high school.  Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The school is expected to open August 2012.

11/17/2011 High School Progressing

The photo from Adolfson & Peterson Construction shows the construction crew working on the floor in the commons area at the new school.  Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The new high school is expected to open August 2012.

11/16/2011 High School Progressing

Construction crews are working on laying the floor in the hallways and the commons area. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The new high school is expected to open August 2012. 

11/11/2011 High School Progressing

The construction crew is working at installing the ceiling in the 750 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium at the new high school. The new school is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is expected to open August 2012.

11/11/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the welding lab area. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The new high school is expected to open August 2012.


10/27/2011 High School Progressing

The construction crew is working at installing the ceiling in the 750 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium at the new high school. The new school is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is expected to open August 2012.

10/20/2011 High School Progressing

The photo is an aerial view of the new high school.  Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The new high school is expected to open August 2012.


10/14/2011 High School Progressing

The photo is of the new sign at the entrance at the new high school, 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard.  The two-lane entrance and exit to the new high school will have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility.  The new high school is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is expected to open August 2012.


10/3/2011 High School Progressing

The stage floor has been installed in the 750 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium at the new high school. The new school is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is expected to open August 2012.

9/30/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the main gymnasium at the new high school.  The gymnasium will have a walking track and will seat approximately 2,500.  The new high school is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is currently 84 percent complete. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.


9/28/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the new serving line for the cafeteria.  The school will have a closed lunch period for all grades.  The new high school is a month ahead of schedule and is significantly under budget. The new high school is currently 84 percent complete. The project is expected to open August 2012.


9/27/2011 High School Progressing

This is a photo of the commons area of the new high school.  The photo shows the detailed work being done to the ceiling.  The commons area will accommodate 750 students.  The new school is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget. The new school is currently 84 percent complete. The new high school project is expected to open August 2012.

9/23/2011 High School Progressing

The construction crews are installing the floor on the stage in the 750 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium at the new high school. The new school is a month ahead of schedule and is significantly under budget. The new school is currently over 80 percent complete. The new high school project is expected to open August 2012.

9/23/2011 New High School Progressing

The landscaping crews have been planting trees and laying grass.  The crew has planted over 600 trees around the the new high school campus.

9/13/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the football field at the new high school in the background with artificial turf installed on the field.  The construction crews are currently working on the tennis court complex in the foreground. The new school is a month ahead of schedule and is significantly under budget. The new school is currently over 80 percent complete. The new high school project is expected to open August 2012.

9/12/2011 High School Progressing

The construction crew is finishing up work on the artificial turf on the football field at the new high school.  The new high school project is expected to be completed August 2012.


9/2/2011 High School Progressing

The photo is an aerial view of the new high school.  Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


8/29/2011 High School Progressing

The photo show the construction crews working on the new 750 seat, state-of-the-art auditorium at the new high school. The new school is a month ahead of schedule and is significantly under budget. The new school is currently 80 percent complete. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

8/29/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the new bleachers being constructed in the main gymnasium at the new high school.  The gymnasium will have a walking track and will seat approximately 2,500. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.


8/24/2011 High School Progressing

The construction crew is working on the landscaping at the new high school. The photo shows the construction crew planting trees and native grass in the island at 2720 Buffalo Way Boulevard, which is the entrance to the new high school.  The two-lane entrance and exit to the new high school will have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility.  The new high school project is expected to be completed August 2012.

8/18/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the construction crew working on the new serving line for the cafeteria.  The school will have a closed lunch period for all grades.  The new high school is a month ahead of schedule and is significantly under budget. The new high school is currently over 75 percent complete. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

8/18/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the new bleachers being constructed in the main gymnasium at the new high school. The gymnasium will have a walking track and will seat approximately 2,500. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


8/12/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the new bleachers being constructed in the main gymnasium at the new high school. The gymnasium will have a walking track and will seat approximately 2,500. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


8/10/2011 High School Progressing

The construction crew is placing the buffalo statue at its new home at the new high school facility. The buffalo used to sit in front of Clifford Hope Auditorium. The buffalo now will welcome visitors when they go through the south entrance to the commons area at the new high school.

7/29/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows construction crews working on the student entrance of the new high school.  The Garden City Public Schools Foundation is working with the Garden City High School on a special Brick Paver project at the new high school.  The Brick Paver project is part of the walkway to the student entrance into the new high school.  The funds from the project will support the GCHS Hall of Fame and future projects at the new school.  The bricks can be purchased for $100Brick inscriptions may include one's name and graduating year, or the names of loved ones, friends, or families of those who hold Garden City High School dear to them. 


7/28/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows construction crews finishing work on installing the wood floor in the auxiliary gymnasium at the new high school. Construction is over 70 percent complete on the facility. The project is a month ahead of schedule and is under budget. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

7/20/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows construction crews installing the wood floor in the auxiliary gymnasium at the new high school.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


7/20/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the new wood floor in the main gymnasium at the new high school. The gymnasium will have a walking track and will seat approximately 2,500. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


7/14/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the construction crews working on the student entrance of the new high school. A glass feature of a buffalo, the school mascot, is part of the distinctive student entrance at the school. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


7/13/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows construction crews installing the wood floor in the main gymnasium at the new high school. The gymnasium will have a walking track and will seat approximately 2,500. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


7/8/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows work being done on the state-of-the-art culinary arts center at the new high school.  The new school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


7/6/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the construction crews preparing to lay down the new wood floor in the main gymnasium. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

6/15/2011 High School Progressing

The photo is an aerial view of the new high school.  Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.   The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


6/15/2011 High School Progressing

The photo is an aerial view of the new high school.  Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.   The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


6/10/2011 High School Progressing

Traffic signals are being installed at the intersection of Mary Street and Buffalo Way Boulevard, which is the entrance to the new high school. The two-lane entrance and exit to the new high school will have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility with access points to parking lots and drop-offs for busses, students, and staff.

The street has been widened with a fifth lane at the Mary Street and the Buffalo Way Boulevard intersection. The fifth lane is a turning lane that will allow drivers to turn onto Buffalo Way Boulevard, a city street leading up to the new high school.

5/24/2011 High School Progressing

Architect Stewart Nelson points out the proposed new ticket/concession/restroom/storage building location at the new high school campus. The plan is to place the building at the southwest corner of the athletic field directly south of the west bleachers. The Board members were on a planned tour of the new high school construction project. After the tour, the school board moved to its regular meeting at the Board Room in the Education Support Center. The Board voted 4-2 to proceed with the project during the meeting.

5/16/2011 High School Progressing

View of the new high school seen from the U.S. 50/83 bypass. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


4/29/2011 High School Progressing

A glass feature of a buffalo, the school mascot, has been installed at the new high school. The buffalo artwork is part of the distinctive student entrance at the school.

The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

4/27/2011 High School Progressing

The photo is an aerial view of the new high school.  Construction is 60 percent complete on the facility. The project is ahead of schedule and is under budget. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. 

4/25/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows work being done on the main gymnasium. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


4/21/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows a mockup of one of the classrooms at the new high school. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

4/21/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows a mockup of a classroom at the new high school. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

3/25/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the main gymnasium being painted. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility under construction north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.

3/25/2011 High School Progressing

The photo shows the work on the unique student entrance to the new high school. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

3/4/2011 High School Progressing

Cabinets are starting to be installed in the rooms at the new high school. Construction is 59 percent complete on the facility. The project is ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

2/23/2011 High School Progressing

Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. Construction is 59 percent complete on the facility. The project is six weeks ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

2/15/2011 High School Progressing

Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. Construction is 55 percent complete on the facility. The project is six weeks ahead of schedule and is under budget.  The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

1/27/2011 High School Progressing

The photo is an aerial view of the new high school.  Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.

Construction is approximately 50 percent complete on the facility. The project is ahead of schedule and is under budget. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

1/21/2011 High School Progressing

Sheet rock is starting to go up in the interior of the building and the rooms and hallways are starting to take shape on the new 384,000 square foot high school facility. The facility is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.Construction is approximately 50 percent complete on the facility. The project is ahead of schedule and is under budget. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

1/10/2011 High School Progressing

Yellow colored panels are starting to be placed on the exterior of the new high school building. The color will represent about five percent of the building's exterior, which is mostly monochromatic. The yellow fits in with school colors and is symbolic of a sunflower. Construction is approximately 50 percent complete on the facility. The project is ahead of schedule and is under budget. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

1/7/2011 High School Progressing

Work continues on the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. Construction is approximately 50 percent complete on the facility. The project is ahead of schedule and is under budget. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in Learning Communities that include: School of Trade and Health Science; School of Arts and Communications; School of Public Service; and 9th Grade Academy.  The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


12/2/2010 Topping Out Ceremony

Ironworkers are setting the last piece of structural steel in place at the new high school. This marks a very important milestone in the progress in the construction of the new high school. Currently, the construction project is 42% complete; it is approximately four weeks ahead of schedule; and is under budget. 

The topping out ceremony traces its roots back to the traditional topping out ceremonies in the areas now known as Germany and the lower Scandinavian countries. In the modern times, immediately following the placement of the final piece of structural steel framework of a building, a flag is hoisted to the top of the structure.   Ironworkers who, of course deny they are superstitious, say it brings good luck.  

It is generally believed that the custom began when villagers placed a live pine tree on the top of a house or barn that was under construction. The tree acted as a talisman to bring good luck and to ward off evil spirits. When the tree was placed on the roof, the homeowner hosted a celebration for all of the villagers who had helped in the construction of the house or in the barn raising. 


11/22/2010 High School Entrance

The entrance to the new high school, Buffalo Way Boulevard, is complete and is ready to take traffic. The two-lane entrance and exit to the new high school is off of Mary Street. The plan is to have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility with access points to parking lots and drop-offs for busses, students, and staff. Contractors widened East Mary Street east of Campus Drive which added a fifth lane at the Mary Street and the Buffalo Way Boulevard intersection. The fifth lane is a turning lane that will allow drivers to turn onto Buffalo Way Boulevard, a city street leading up to the new high school.


11/8/2010 High School Progressing

The photo is an aerial view of the new high school. Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


11/4/2010 High School Progressing

The photo shows the unique front entrance from the inside of the new high school looking out. Construction is more than 35 percent complete. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


11/4/2010 High School Progressing

The interior is starting to take shape at the new high school. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

10/26/2010 High School Progressing

Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


10/20/2010 High School Progressing

The new 384,000 square foot high school is progressing ahead of schedule.  The photo shows the unique front entrance to the high school. The new high school is being constructed to accommodate 2,000 students in four learning communities. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


10/20/2010 High School Entrance

The photo shows the work on the unique front entrance to the new high school. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


10/4/2010 High School Progressing

The exterior of section E at the new high school is starting to take shape. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.


10/4/2010 High School Progressing

The interrior of the new gymnasium at the new high school. The photo is looking from the southeast corner of the walking track of the main gymnasium. The photo shows the concrete floor to the gym is complete. 


9/13/2010 High School Progressing

Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K. The project is expected to be completed August 2012.

9/9/2010 High School Progressing

The construction crews have started working on the framework on section K, which is the ninth grade center at the new high school. The photo is looking to the northwest. The auditorium and gymnasium are off to the right of the photo. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.


9/7/2010 High School Progressing

Photo shows the back end of the new auditorium at the new high school. The auditorium will have a seating capacity of 750.

9/7/2010 High School Progressing

The interrior of the new gymnasium at the new high school.  The photo is looking from the southwest corner of the walking track of the main gymnasium.  


9/7/2010 High School Progressing

The pre-cast concrete walls are up and the trusses are in place for the new auxiliary gymnasium at the new high school.

8/31/2010 High School Progressing

The floor of section K, which will be classrooms for the ninth grade center, is in the foreground.  The photo is looking west to the steel frame structure of section E and section B, which the construction crews are linking together. The gymnasium is off to the right of the photo. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.

The high school is between 20 to 25 percent complete and is 4 to 5 weeks ahead of schedule. It is also under budget at this time.


8/31/2010 High School Entrance

Construction crews have finished the two-lane entrance and exit to the new high school from Mary Street. The plan is to have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility with access points to parking lots and drop-offs for busses, students, and staff. 

Contractors will be widening East Mary Street east of Campus Drive to add a fifth lane at the Mary Street and the Buffalo Way Boulevard intersection. The fifth lane is a turning lane that will allow drivers to turn onto Buffalo Way Boulevard, a city street leading up to the new high school. All the widening will take place on the north side of the street, which will take about a month and a half to complete.


8/17/2010 High School Entrance

Construction crews are working to complete the curb and guttering for the new two-lane entrance and exit from Mary Street.  The plan is to have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility with access points to parking lots and drop-offs for busses, students, and staff.

8/17/2010 High School Progressing

The floor of section K, which will be classrooms for the ninth grade center, is in the foreground.  The photo is looking west to the steel frame structure of section E and section B with the gymnasium off to the right of the photo. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.


8/11/2010 High School Progressing

The photo shows section A of the new high school, which will be the agri-business area along with the CAD lab, welding lab, and engine and auto body shop. The photo is of the welding lab area. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.


8/11/2010 High School Progressing

Here is a view of the interior of the new gymnasium at the new high school. The photo was taken from the west side of the gymnasium looking to the east side of the gymnasium. Construction crews are still working on placing steel trusses in place for the gymnasium.

8/11/2010 High School Progressing

The new high school is progressing. The steel framework of section B is complete and the crews are starting on the steel in section E. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.

8/4/2010 High School Progressing

The construction crews have started work on section G, which is the auditorium at the new high school. The crews have started building the walls for the auditorium. The new gymnasium is in the background. The steel framework of section B can also be seen in the background. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.


7/27/2010 High School Progressing

The crews are working on building the steel trusses for the main gymnasium on the ground.  The crews will then lift the trusses and place them in the gymnasium.


7/27/2010 High School Progressing

The construction crews have started erecting the steel frame in section B of the new high school. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.


7/19/2010 High School Progressing

The high school is continuing ahead of schedule with crews working with precast concrete sections to build the facility. 


7/19/2010 High School Progressing

Construction crews have started work on the circle drive around the high school. The crews have poured the curb and guttering for the new drive. The plan is to have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility with access points to parking lots and drop-offs for busses, students, and staff.

7/13/2010 High School Progressing

Work on the new high school, located east of Campus Drive and north of Mary Street, is progressing. Construction crews have started to erect the precast concrete panels for the main gymnasium.


7/7/2010 High School Entrance

Groundwork is taking place on the new two-lane entrance and exit from Mary Street to the new high school, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.  The plan is to have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility with access points to parking lots and drop-offs for busses, students, and staff.

7/7/2010 Parking at Garfield

Work continues on the parking lot at Garfield Elementary School. The school will be converted into an Early Childhood Center. The construct is expected to be completed July 2010.


7/7/2010 High School Progressing

The new high school, located east of Campus Drive and north of Mary Street, is three weeks to a month ahead of schedule and under budget. There are approximately 130 people at the site during the day working on plumbing, concrete work, and other tasks. During the height of the construction there will be between 280 to 320 people at the site.

7/7/2010 High School Progressing

A large crane has been brought in to erect precast concrete walls for the new GCHS gymnasium. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.

6/8/2010 High School Progressing

The photo shows the top view of the Lower Level, Area A, of the project, which will be the agri-business area along with the CAD lab, welding lab, and engine and auto body shop.  Construction crews continue work on the block wall in the background of the photo.  There are 150 to 200 construction workers working in all trades at the site.


6/1/2010 High School Progressing

Top view of the Lower Level, Area A, of the project, which will be the agri-business area along with the CAD lab, welding lab, and engine and auto body shop.  Construction crews are starting to build the block wall in the background of the photo.  The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.

6/1/2010 High School Progressing

Construction crews are starting to build the block wall to Lower Level, Area A, of the project, which will be the agri-business area along with the CAD lab, welding lab, and engine and auto body shop. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.

5/25/2010 High School Progressing

The construction crews are working on the Lower Level, Area A, of the project, which will be the agri-business area along with the CAD lab, welding lab, and engine and auto body shop.  It is 22,000 square feet with 390 yards slab pour. The new high school is divided into different sections for the construction, labeled A through K.

5/25/2010 Early Childhood Center Nearing Completion

The Board of Education took a tour of the new addition to Gafield Elementary School that will be converted into an Early Childhood Center.  The new 18,500 square foot space is expected to be completed in July 2010.

5/25/2010 High School Progressing

The student parking lot is starting to take shape at the new high school.  Construction crews are pouring sections of concrete for the parking lot.


5/6/2010 Construction Continues on High School

Construction continues on the new high school.  The photo show the progress on the retaining wall.  The new 384,000 square foot high school facility is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.  The project is expected to be completed in August 2012.

5/3/2010 Aerial View of New High School

Work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.  The aerial photo shows the footprint of the new high school.  The project is expected to be completed in August 2012.


4/6/2010 Foundation Work Starting

Construction crews are starting to build the foundation for the new high school. There are approximately 65 construction workers in all trades at the site.

3/12/2010 Good Recognized By BOE

Horace J. Good, right, recieved a plaque from Mike Utz, USD 457 Board of Education president, as Rick Atha, superintendent, looks on during the March 8, 2010 board meeting.  Good's name was chosen for the facility at 1412 N. Main Street, which will become Horace J. Good Middle School after the district bond projects are complete.


3/12/2010 Garfield Addition Update

Construction crews take down one of two homes that the Board of Education approved purchase of in November 2009 to make room for the addition at Garfield Elementary School.  The school will be converted into a centralized Early Childhood Center. The project is expected to be completed in July 2010.


2/3/2010 Garfield Addition Update

All of the trades continued to make progress inside the building.  The sheet rockers have completed the exterior walls to full height and have started sheet rocking the walls that come off of the exterior walls.


2/2/2010 Name Chosen For Middle School

The board of education voted unanimously to name the current high school building, 1412 N. Main Street, which will be converted into a middle school facility, Horace J. Good Middle School. Good, was a former USD 457 superintendent. Good was the superintendent of Garden City Public Schools from 1969 to 1984.  The name will take effect when the new high school opens up and the middle school students move to the current high school facility, which is anticipated to open in 2012.


1/12/2010 Names Chosen For Facilities

The Board of Education voted to name the new high school facility Garden City High School, to retain the name of J.D. Adams Hall on the current building, to rename Garfield Elementary School as Garfield Early Childhood Center and Abe Hubert Middle School as Abe Hubert Elementary School during its regularly scheduled board meeting.
 
No decision was made on a name for the current high school building, which will become a middle school facility. The board will make a decision on the name of the building at its February meeting.
 
The names will change on the buildings in 2012.

1/12/2010 New High School Design Update

The Board of Education voted unanimously to proceed with a new one-way circular design around the new high school with a two-lane entrance and exit from Mary Street.  The plan is to have one-way traffic moving counter clockwise around the entire facility with access points to parking lots and drop-offs for busses, students, and staff.

The design eliminates access to the north side of the campus from Campus Drive and Pioneer Road. The new design also removes access from the roundabout at Cherokee and Labrador.


1/7/2010 New High School Update

Ground work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive.  The photo shows the area where the gymnasium will sit on the campus. The project is expected to be completed in August 2012.


1/7/2010 New High School Update

Ground work continues at the new 384,000 square foot high school facility that is being constructed north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive. The project is expected to be completed by August 2012. 


12/4/2009 Early Childhood Center Update

Construction is progressing on the new 18,500 square foot space that is being added onto Garfield Elementary School. The school will be converted into a centralized Early Childhood Center. The project is expected to be completed in July 2010.


12/4/2009 Early Childhood Center Update

Construction is progressing on the new 18,500 square foot space that is being added onto Garfield Elementary School. The school will be converted into a centralized Early Childhood Center. The project is expected to be completed in July 2010.


11/20/2009 Early Childhood Center Update

Construction is progressing on the new 18,500 square foot space that is being added onto Garfield Elementary School. The school will be converted into a centralized Early Childhood Center. The project is expected to be completed in July 2010.


11/20/2009 Early Childhood Center Update

Construction is progressing on the new 18,500 square foot space that is being added onto Garfield Elementary School. The school will be converted into a centralized Early Childhood Center. The project is expected to be completed in July 2010.


11/4/2009 Facilities Naming Committee Makes Decision

The Garden City USD 457 facilities naming committee will recommend to the Board of Education three names for the current high school at 1412 N. Main St., which will be turned into a middle school, and three names for the current Abe Hubert Middle School, 1205 A St., which will be turned into an elementary school.

Members of the committee voted Monday night on paper ballots what to name the facility at 1412 N. Main St. Clifford R. Hope Sr., Abe Hubert, and Horace Good, received the most votes. The committee will present the three names to the Board of Education on December 7, 2009.

If the name Abe Hubert is chosen, the facility at 1412 N. Main St. becomes Abe Hubert Middle School. The committee also made a decision to submit three names for the current Abe Hubert Middle School building, 1205 A St., which will become an elementary school. Those names are Jesse Bernal Sr., Clifford R. Hope Sr., and Bernard Killer.

If the board does not decide to name the facility at 1412 N. Main St. Abe Hubert Middle School, the name Abe Hubert will remain with the facility at 1205 A. Street and it will become Abe Hubert Elementary School, the committee decided.

The committee is allowed by board policy to recommend no less than three and no more than five names to the Board of Education.

Under the bond project that passed in November 2008, a new, $92.5 million high school will be built, Garfield Elementary School will become a centralized early childhood center, Abe Hubert will become an elementary school, the current GCHS building will be converted into a middle school, and New Outlook Academy will move into J.D. Adams Hall, which sits adjacent to the current high school.

The committee selected the three names from the remainder of the original seven names that were chosen for consideration for the building at 1412 N. Main St., along with the nominations that were included in the public packet from the previous meeting.

The names for consideration included: Bernal, a foreign language teacher at GCHS; Norman Clark, social studies teacher at Abe Hubert Middle School; W.D. Fulton, a founding father of Garden City; Good, former superintendent; Hope, a GCHS graduate who won a landslide election into the U.S. House of Representatives in 1926; Russell Isaac, a former school psychologist; J.R. Jones, former superintendent; Killer, a former teacher and principal; Lori Peister, former teacher and administrator at Kenneth Henderson; Robert Sander, retired teacher and coach; Meredith Sonderegger, former educator; and Lincoln and Washington, after presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

The committee also made a decision to recommend to the board that the facility at 121 W. Walnut Street be named the Garfield Early Learning Center.


10/26/2009 Early Childhood Center Update

Steel is being erected on the new 18,500 square foot space that is being added onto Garfield Elementary School. The school will be converted into a centralized Early Childhood Center. The project is expected to be completed in July 2010.


10/20/2009 Facilities Naming Committee Update
The Garden City Public Schools Facilities Naming Committee met Monday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the input that they received from the community. The committee has been formed to recommend naming or renaming of new and current facilities that are affected by the Long Range Facility Plan passed in 2008.  The facilities affected include Garfield Elementary School, Abe Hubert Middle School, Garden City High School, the new high school, and J.D. Adams Hall.  The committee requested suggestions and nominations, including support letters, no longer than two pages in length.  The committee received nominations from the community of W.D. Fulton, a founding father of Garden City; Robert Sander, retired teacher and coach; Russell Isaac, a former school psychologist; Meredith Sonderegger, former educator; Lori Peister, former teacher and administrator at Kenneth Henderson; Patricia Fishback, former teacher; and Lincoln and Washington, after presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The committee made a recommendation at the meeting for seven names to be considered for the current high school facility at 1412 N. Main Street. The names to be considered include: Clifford R. Hope Sr., a Garden City High School graduate who won a landslide election into the U.S. House of Representatives in 1926; J.R. Jones, former superintendent; Horace Good, former superintendent; Jesse Bernal Sr., a foreign language teacher at GCHS; Norman Clark, social studies teacher at Abe Hubert Middle School; Bernard Killer, a former teacher and principal; and Abe Hubert, former teacher and principal and namesake of one of the district's two middle schools, to be potential names for the future middle school. The vote was 12 in favor and five opposed. The committee made a decision to limit its final consideration of nominations to the seven names that were approved for the facility at 1412 N. Main Street. In addition, the committee would consider the nominations received from the community and presented at the October 19th meeting if considering a different building configuration of what has been preliminary approved by the committee. The motion carried unanimously by the committee. The committee made a preliminary decision to recommend that the new high school be named Garden City High School, to retain the name of J.D. Adams Hall on the current building, to rename Garfield Elementary School as Garfield Early Childhood Center and Abe Hubert Middle School as Abe Hubert Elementary School.  No final decision on a name for the current high school building, which will become a middle school facility, has been made.  The next meeting for the Facilities Naming Committee will be held on Monday, November 2, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in the Educational Support Center Boardroom, 1205 Fleming Street.

10/6/2009 Facilities Naming Committee
The Garden City Public Schools Facilities Naming Committee met Monday, October 05, 2009, at the Educational Support Center, 1205 Fleming Street. The committee has been created to recommend naming or renaming of new and current facilities that are affected by the Long Range Facility Plan passed in 2008. The facilities affected include Garfield Elementary School, Abe Hubert Middle School, Garden City High School, the new high school, and J.D. Adams Hall.  
Board of Education Members serving on the committee include Mike Utz and Jeff Crist. Board President, Mike Utz, presented the board policy and a recommendation by the majority of the Board, to the committee. The recommendation from the Board is that the current names of J.D. Adams, Garfield and Abe Hubert be used in some capacity.
 
The committee made preliminary decisions to recommend that the new high school be named Garden City High School, to retain the name of J.D. Adams Hall on the current building, to rename Garfield Elementary School as Garfield Early Childhood Center and Abe Hubert Middle School as Abe Hubert Elementary School. No decision on a name for the current high school building, which will become a middle school facility, has been made. The committee is requesting suggestions and nominations, including support letters, no longer than two pages in length. The letters need to be sent, no later than Friday, October 16, 2009, to the Facilities Naming Committee in care of Roy Cessna, Public Information Coordinator, 1205 Fleming, Garden City, Kansas 67846.
 
The committee is working, within the board policy, to name new schools for persons who have attained prominence locally and nationally, or in the fields of education, science, art statesmanship, political science, or military achievement; early pioneers of Garden City, Finney County, or the State of Kansas; or outstanding presidents of the United States of America. 
 
The recommendation of the committee, to include not less than three names nor more than five names, will be presented to the Board of Education, for their consideration, at the January 11, 2010, Board meeting. 
 
Community members on the committee include Tom Walker, Dee Wigner, Tom Koksal, McKenzie Hanigan, Alex Booker, Dana Woodbury, Jerome Greene, Pat Fishback, Florence Wilson, Bernadine Sitts, Dr. L.E. Fairbairn, Molly Weiland, Dennis Mesa, Tim Cruz, Mario Lopez, Toni Casados, Martha Alicia Hinojosa, and Grant Elpers.
 
District staff members on the committee include Joanne Nelson, Board Clerk; Juanita Jameson, Librarian at Abe Hubert Middle School; Roy Cessna, Public Information Coordinator; Willis Pracht, Principal at Garfield Elementary School; Martin Segovia, Associate Principal of Alta Brown Elementary School; and Brad Springston, Principal at Abe Hubert Middle School.
 

The next meeting of the Facilities Naming Committee will be Monday, October 19, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in the Educational Support Center Board Meeting Room, 1205 Fleming Street.


9/30/2009 Board Appoints Naming Committee

The Board of Education appointed a Facilities Naming Committee of 21 people, including board members Jeff Crist and Mike Utz. 

The committee will decide what to name or rename Garfield Elementary School, Abe Hubert Middle School, Garden City High School, the new high school, and J.D. Adams Hall.

Community members on the committee include Tom Walker, Dee Wigner, Tom Koskal, McKenzie Hanigan, Alex Booker, Dana Woodbury, Jerome Greene, Pat Fishback, Florence Wilson, Bernadine Sitts, Dr. L.E. Fairbairn, Molly Weiland, Dennis Mesa, and Grant Elpers.

 

District staff on the committee include Joanne Nelson, secretary; Juanita Jameson, media teacher at Abe Hubert Middle School; Roy Cessna, public information coordinator; Willis Pracht, principal at Garfield Elementary School; and Brad Springston, principal at Abe Hubert Middle School.


9/23/2009 Groundbreaking Ceremony For New High School

Those breaking ground for a new 384,000 square foot facility are (l to r): Jean Clifford, BOE member; Tom Blackburn, former BOE member; Gail Dunford, BOE member; Bruce Reichmuth, BOE member; Jeff Crist, BOE member; Dr. Richard Atha, Superintendent of Schools; James Mireles, GCHS Principal; Mike Utz, BOE President; Gloria Hopkins, BOE member; John Scheopner, BOE Vice President; and Tom Stone, Adolfson & Peterson Construction.

Garden City Public Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony in front of a large crowd of community patrons, school staff and students on a cold and wet Wednesday morning. The ceremony was for a new high school facility.


9/21/2009 Groundbreaking Ceremony For New High School

Garden City Public Schools will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new high school on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.  The ceremony will be held at the southwest corner north of Mary Street at the corner of Labrador Blvd. and Cherokee Street. 


9/21/2009 BOE Establishes Naming Committee

The Board of Education approved of a Naming Committee to be in place by the September 28th Board of Education meeting.  The Board of Education will submit names to Dr. Atha to consider as possible committee members.  The committee will be charged to name / rename Garfield Elementary School, Abe Hubert Middle School, Garden City High School, J.D. Adams Hall, an dthe new high school facility. 


9/21/2009 Board Updated on New High School Design

Stewart Nelson, Architect with Gibson, Mancini, Carmichael and Nelson, spoke briefly to update the Board of Education on the new high school project.  Ken Graham, with DLR Group, presented the updated Design Development proposal with the addition of a tennis pavilion.  Mr. Graham also stated that the traffic study has been completed. 

Tony Cingoranelli, Pre-construction manager with Adolfson and Peterson Construction, reported that changes have been made to get back on track and under budget.  Mr.  Cingoranelli presented the changes that have been made to the Board of Education. The changes include more than $700,000 in cost reductions.

Adolfson and Peterson Construction, and Jerry Bell, Director of Bond Construction, have selected the first of three sub-contractors for the first bid package.  They are Wallace Electric, Lee Construction, both local businesses, and Sporer Land Development from Oakley.  They were all required to meet pre-qualifications. 


9/4/2009 Early Childhood Center Update

The construction crew has completed the foundation and two-thirds of the floors on the 18,500 square foot addition to Garfield Elementary School. The construction crew is getting the location ready for the block layers to begin laying brick Monday, September 14, 2009. The addition is part of the transformation of the school into a centralized Early Childhood Center.

8/11/2009 Board Views New High School Design

Architects will ask the board for a final approval of the design at the September 14, 2009 Board of Education meeting.

The new high school is scheduled to open in August 2012.

8/11/2009 Board Views New High School Design

The information and technology small learning community will be crimson. The ninth-grade area will be green, education and finance blue, and agriculture and health yellow.

8/11/2009 Board Views New High School Design

The Board of Education is one step closer to finalizing a design for the new high school. The board met with architects from DLR Group, and Gibson, Mancini, Carmichael and Nelson, to go over details of the design.

7/22/2009 Special Meetings Set on Design of New High School
The Garden City Public Schools Board of Education has set two special board meetings on August 3, 2009 and August 5, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. The architects are completing the proposed design for the new high school and will be presenting it to the Board of Education during the meetings. The two meetings will be held in the Educational Support Center Boardroom, 1205 Fleming Street.

6/17/2009 Board Approves Traffic Study
The Board of Education approved a contract for engineering services from MKEC Engineering Consultants Inc., Wichita, Kansas for a traffic study.

The study will analyze the affect on existing roads and intersections of traffic generated by the new Garden City High School Complex, and identify warranted improvements to those affected roads and intersections. The consultant will furnish engineering services as required for the completion of work for the project as follows: Analyze traffic count and trip generation data based on High School site entrances to Campus Drive and Cherokee Street.

Analyze the impact of proposed school traffic on the existing street traffic.
• Analysis along Campus Drive from north of Mary Street to just north of the proposed new high school site entrance near Pioneer Road. Includes the proposed school entrance off of Campus in the vicinity of Pioneer and analysis of Labrador and Campus intersection.
• Analysis along Mary Street from east of Campus Drive intersection to west of the U.S. Highway 50/83, including Cherokee and Mary Street intersection.
• Analyze Cherokee and Labrador intersection, to determine if a roundabout, “T” intersection, or other configuration is warranted.
• Analyze Mary Street and Campus Drive intersection.

Geometric analysis – Determine if additional lanes or turn lanes are warranted along Campus, Mary or any of the studied intersections.
Signal warrant analysis
• Cherokee & Mary intersection
• Pioneer & Campus

6/17/2009 Construction Starts on Garfield & Abe Hubert
Construction work has begun on Garfield Elementary School and Abe Hubert Middle School. Garfield Elementary School will have 18,500 square feet of space added to the facility. The school will be converted into a Centralized Early Childhood Center. Abe Hubert Middle School is having an elevator installed and will be transformed into an elementary school.

6/8/2009 Board Authorizes Sale of Bonds
The Board of Education approved Resolution No. 09-02, authorizing and providing for the issuance of the school district’s general obligation refunding and improvement bonds, series 2009-A, in the total principal amount of $27,010,000, and it’s taxable general obligation bonds (Build America Bonds – direct payment), series 2009-B, in the principal amount of $63,200,000.

5/20/2009 Board Moving Forward With Sale of Bonds
The Board of Education approved a resolution to move forward with sale of bonds in the approximate amount of $90,160,000.00 for the approved Bond Project.

5/20/2009 Board Accepts Construction Bid
The Board of Education accepted the low base bid plus alternate no. 2 and 3 from Dick Construction, Inc., for a total cost of $2,715.897, for the Early Childhood Center Addition to Garfield Elementary School and elevator addition to Abe Hubert Middle School.

4/22/2009 Board Views New High School Design

The Garden City USD 457 Board of Education viewed the design plans for the new high school during the Monday night board meeting. The updated design of the building helps effectively incorporate the four smaller learning communities, which include different academies in each learning community. The board did not take any action on the design during the meeting. The district wanted to know from the board if the design was heading in the right direction. The architects will update the board on their progress before the board approves a final design in July.

3/24/2009 Board Selects Firm To Lead Bond Project
The Board of Education approved a contract with Adolfson and Peterson Construction Co. of Aurora, Colorado, to serve as construction manager at risk for the district's bond project.

2/10/2009 Board To Consider Five Firms For Project
The Board of Education approved a committee's recommendation for five companies that will be considered for the construction manager at-risk job to build the new high school.

The construction companies selected are: Adolfson and Peterson Construction, Aurora, Colorado; J.E. Dunn Construction, Kansas City, Missouri; Kraus Anderson Construction, Lenexa, Kansas; Nabholz Construction, Lenexa, Kansas; and Crossland Construction, Columbus, Kansas.

Other companies that sent qualifications for consideration were: Layton Construction, Sandy, Utah; Key Construction, Wichita, Kansas; Hutton Construction and GE Johnson, Wichita, Kansas; The Law Co., Wichita, Kansas; and Haselden Construction, Centennial, Colorado.

The Board of Education will send requests for proposals to the five companies. The proposals are due to the selection committee by March 10, 2009, and the committee will interview the five firms on March 11, 2009.

On March 12, 2009, the committee will select the firm most qualified to serve as the construction manager at-risk firm and begin negotiations to develop a contract with the firm.

The selection committee consisted of board members John Scheopner and Bruce Reichmuth; Rick Atha (Superintendent); Jerry Bell (Director of Bond Construction and Management); Kathleen Whitley (Financial Officer); Stewart Nelson (architect); Jim French (architect); and Dennis Smith (certified construction manager/consultant).

The board will have a special meeting March 23 to review the construction manager at-risk information, including a summary of the interviews and the requests for proposals from each firm.

1/13/2009 Board Approves Construction Management At-Risk
The Board of Education approved the Construction Management At-Risk as the appropriate project delivery system for the bond projects. The following people will serve on the selection committee: Two Board of Education members; Rick Atha (Superintendent); Jerry Bell (Director of Bond Construction and Management); Kathleen Whitley (Financial Officer); Stewart Nelson (architect); Jim French (architect); and Dennis Smith (certified construction manager/consultant).

The purpose of this committee will be to narrow the field of firms interested in serving USD 457 as a Construction Manager At-Risk to the best qualified candidate.

1/13/2009 Land Acquired For New High School
The Board of Education approved the purchase of approximately 121.36 acres located north of Mary Street and east of Campus Drive for a total cost of $999,000 ($8,323 per acre) for the purpose of building a new high school. The south border of this land acquisition will be 450 feet north of Mary Street.

The Board of Education previously approved an option to purchase approximately 92.22 acres at a total cost of $590,000 ($6,398 per acre) at the same location.

There were a number of factors that the Board considered in the approval of this new option. There were four main points in the purpose for extending the location of the new high school further to the south and adding to the number of total acres purchased for the location of the new high school.

1. FEMA has recently declared the north part of the proposed property purchase in a flood plain. By purchasing the property approximately a quarter mile further south, the new high school will be raised 25-30 feet and will no longer be in a flood plain.

2. By extending the property further south, to 450 feet north of Mary Street, the District can now have an entrance / exit to Mary Street as well as an entrance / exit to Campus Drive.

3. By extending the property further south, the cost for sewer access, utility access, excavation, and street construction will be reduced significantly.

4. By continuing to own the northern portion of the property, the District will be able to obtain water rights to irrigate the property and have access to a lift station for future development.

12/9/2008 Board OKs First Bond Sale
The Board of Education approved a resolution that would allow the sale of $10 million in bonds to cover a portion of the long-range facility plan. The board also decided to manage the work involved with the $92.5 million high school project, with an option of going through a new process called "construction management at-risk." The management at-risk approach holds the construction manager accountable for keeping the project on budget.

11/18/2008 It's Offical
Finney County’s canvassing is complete and the results of Tuesday’s election are finalized. The bond issue passed with 51.43 percent of the vote, with citizens voting 4,686-4,426 in favor of the question. The results before counting the provisional ballots had shown a vote count of 4,577-4,354 in favor.

11/10/2008 Voters Pass Bond
The voters of Garden City have passed the bond for the district's long-range facilities plan 4,577 to 4,354. Thank you for your support.