Progress as Promised – Bond Construction Update

Posted February 1, 2018

Construction is underway across the Independence School District thanks to the passage of a $38 million bond to ease overcrowding, eliminate all mobile trailers in the district and advance the Academy model for all ISD high school students. Superintendent Dr. Dale Herl is proud of the progress and thankful for the community support, “I’m so appreciative to our voters. I can’t say enough about the trust they put into us. It passed at a historic rate so that really says a lot about how the public feels about the things we are doing and really the need for these projects.”

Progress as promised at the site of the ISD’s newest elementary school. With a capacity of 500-550 students, Cassell Park Elementary at 31st Street and Hardy Avenue will have the latest technology and open in the summer of 2019. Dr. Herl says, “The new elementary, our 20th, is a huge win for our entire community. We continue to grow as a school district and that has caused overcrowding issues at all of our elementary schools. This is going to allow us the space we need but also meet the educational needs of our kids.”

At Truman High School, the lunchroom expansion is complete, and finishing touches are being made on the new entry and exterior upgrades on the front entrance, addressing safety concerns and modernizing the building exterior. The bond included remodeling science classrooms and a four-classroom addition on the south side of the school. That moved four math classrooms out of the mobile trailers and into the school building.

The progress is also evident at Van Horn High School. The walls are up on the addition on the east side of the building to house a new competition gym as well as a new metals classroom and instructional space for our Culinary students. The new wood shop is already being used by students.

At William Chrisman, you can see the progress on four additional classrooms, including two Cisco computer networking rooms for the Academies. At Chrisman, the bond will also remodel science classrooms. A weight room has been added, allowing the wrestling room to move to the old weight room. The physical therapy and athletic training classroom spaces for the Academies are finished at Chrisman and Truman and work is underway at Van Horn.

The bond will ease overcrowding, eliminate all mobile trailers in the district, as well as add and enhance classrooms at all three ISD high schools for STEM, Culinary, Vocational and Business coursework. It’s an exciting time in the district as construction crews are meeting deadlines and are even ahead of schedule.