Amanda Arnold Elementary School is currently a preK – grade 6 building. There are 630 students and 120 full time employees. During the pre-bond meetings, the Amanda Arnold faculty/staff and parents rated parking expansion as their number one concern. With this parking expansion, the school now has 110 parking spaces.
Highlights of this project:
- Site drainage improvements
- Drainage has been an issue in the area between the school and Body First Wellness and Recreation Center
- Thank you to Body First and the City of Manhattan for their cooperation and additional funding to reshape the ground in that area for proper drainage to benefit all stakeholders in the area
- We continue to work together to deal with erosion issues around Little Kitten Creek
- The final grading and seeding to the area is on track to happen this fall (weather permitting)
- Expansion of the parking area – 32 new parking stalls were created
- Installation of additional handicap parking – 4 new parking stalls were created
- New fence installation on south side of playground
- New parking lot lights in the north, front and south parking areas – to be installed mid-September
- New trash enclosure
- Removal of the greenhouse
- The greenhouse was in disrepair and was not cost effective for restoration. USD 383 and Amanda Arnold administration did communicate with the teacher and other patrons who have used the greenhouse in the past about plans for the greenhouse. The standing water around the greenhouse this spring was 2 feet deep, smelled horrible and had an infestation of mosquitos surrounding it. It was not safe for use as a learning environment anymore.
- Amanda Arnold has plans for other outdoor learning areas at the school.
- The greenhouse was purchased by K-State through a grant several years ago.