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Construction begins on additions at Tillman Elementary and Westchester Elementary in Kirkwood School District

Groundbreakings mark the start of two large-scale projects funded by Prop R

On Monday, May 23, the Kirkwood School District officially broke ground on construction for additions at two elementary schools. The projects at Tillman Elementary School and Westchester Elementary School, will allow for increased capacity at both schools. 

Superintendent David Ulrich, members of the Board of Education and community supporters marked the start of the projects. Students at both schools also participated in the events   

At Tillman, construction will result in eight additional grade level classrooms, a new library/media center, a new wellness and gymnasium facility, and the conversion of the existing library into new counseling offices and conversion of an existing meeting space into a new art room. The work is expected to be complete in October 2023. 

At Westchester, construction will result in 8 additional grade level classrooms, a new library/media center, expansion of the cafeteria. It will also include conversions of existing spaces into areas for personalized learning including academic intervention space. This is in addition to Phase I of construction, which was completed this Spring and included a new art and music classroom.

“The projects we are officially starting today will ensure we can achieve our mission for all students at Tillman and Westchester – to be engaged, empowered, and ready for success,” said Dr. Ulrich. “As we begin this construction work, we want to thank our teachers, staff, families and students in advance for your flexibility in working with us to accommodate these projects.”  

These projects are some of many made possible thanks to the community’s support of Prop R, which was approved by voters last year. Funds generated from Prop R will provide additional classrooms, security upgrades and accessibility improvements at schools in the Kirkwood School District to address overcrowding.

Recently completed Prop R projects include HVAC improvements throughout the District, new ADA entrances at North Glendale and Robinson elementary schools, a new secure entrance on the Essex side of Kirkwood High School and at North Glendale and a two-classroom addition at Westchester Elementary School. Additionally, this summer, the District is set to complete interior renovations at Keysor, Robinson and North Glendale elementary schools and Kirkwood Early Childhood Center.