As first day of school nears, it’s down to the wire on Indian Hills construction

Construction crews are putting in serious overtime in an effort to ensure Indian Hills Middle School is ready for students on Monday. Prairie Village City Administrator Dennis Enslinger told the City Council Monday that workers are starting at 5:30 a.m. and staying until as late as 11 p.m.

The Shawnee Mission School District’s communications chief Leigh Anne Neal sent the following update on progress at the school:

We continue to anticipate that the building will ready and available for school on Monday (13th). We received a temporary occupancy certificate for the administrative office area and the library today. The contractor was not able to obtain code required 45 minute glass for the corridor areas around the office complex; and the contractor has installed tempered glass in lieu of the 45 minute glass. As a result, the fire marshal will likely require that we conduct a “fire watch” until such time that the tempered glass can be replaced with 45 minute glass. The contractor anticipates having the required glass sometime next week, and will replace it upon receipt.

The kitchen is substantially complete and will be prepared and stocked with frozen and dry food product this week. The MPR should be substantially complete with construction as of today. Construction is continuing in the orchestra room, the computer dimensions classroom, the GTT room, and the four new classrooms that are being developed in the former library area. We expect that these rooms will be substantially complete with construction late this week, and their furniture and content will be moved in upon their completion. The locker rooms will likely be the last rooms to finish with construction, and we anticipate them to be substantially completed this weekend.