In early 2014, the Affton School District Board of Education announced plans for capital improvement projects planned and completed during Summer 2014 at four Affton schools.
We recognize how significantly our instructional space impacts learning
– Dr. Steve Brotherton, Superintendent
During a year-long facilities audit, the district’s Buildings and Grounds Committee toured schools, prioritized needs at each building, and narrowed a district-wide project list, which was presented to the Board of Education on Jan. 21, 2014.
Each school was evaluated on the basis of: Building Safety & Security, Educational Adequacy, Environment for Education, School Site, Structural & Mechanical Features, and Plant Maintainability.
The district had approximately $10 million to invest in facilities over two to three years, from 2014 to 2016.
“One lesson learned from the design process of the Affton Early Childhood building is that there are ways to enhance an educational environment in a cost-effective manner,” said Brotherton. “With interest rates at a record low, the Board of Education felt this was an ideal time to leverage our finances in order to make some noticeable improvements at our schools without needing to burden the taxpayers with a bond issue or tax levy.”
In 2015, Mesnier Primary received an expansion and renovation that includes: the addition of six (6) kindergarten classrooms, a new library, new building entry and security vestibule, a new nurse’s suite, additional parking, relocation of administrative offices, updates to existing corridors, and new playground equipment.
In addition, architectural design services have been sought for potential additions to both Gotsch Intermediate and Rogers Middle School. The district will also initiate the beginning phase of lighting upgrades in all schools, earning a rebate from Ameren’s ActOnEnergy BizSavers program.