The Wentzville School District Board of Education has approved the relocation of the District’s Central Office to the former Quail Ridge Early Childhood Center located on Interstate Drive in Wentzville.
The WSD continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state, adding over 650 students in the past year. The current Central Office building located on Campus Drive in Wentzville is just under 11,500 square feet and a number of employees are sharing makeshift work areas.
“We outgrew this space some time ago,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “We are fortunate to have the building available on Interstate Drive which will meet our present needs and allow room for some additional growth as well.”
Earlier this year, the Board of Education approved up to $500,000 for renovations to the Quail Ridge building in order to accommodate office space for Central Office staff members. The project was awarded in November to ICS Construction for $297,500, well below the anticipated cost.
The WSD Early Childhood Special Education program moved from the Quail Ridge location in 2015 after the District received a $4 Million Early Childhood Grant to purchase the former United Services Building on Hanley Road in Dardenne Prairie.
The facility on Interstate Drive is a 25,000 square-foot space that has served as a Transportation headquarters and Early Childhood Center for the WSD in the past and currently houses the District’s Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program. PAT will relocate to the building on Campus Drive, as will the District’s Technology Department, which is housed presently in the basement of Wentzville Middle School and in the Harris Building on Pearce Boulevard. Additionally, members of the District’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department will also be moving from the Harris building to the Campus Drive location.
“This move optimizes our use of the space we currently own,” said Chief Financial Officer Pam Frazier. “Our continued growth as a District requires additional space not only for students, but for staff to support those students. We are pleased to be in a position to accommodate that growth as a result of the substantial grant we received last year.”
Renovations at the new Central Office location are scheduled to begin the end of December and be completed by the end of April. The District’s move to the new location will likely happen in shifts and be completed by the start of the 2017-18 school year.