Manhattan High School

Manhattan High School's west campus

The district has changed plans for expanding Manhattan High’s West Campus since it originally presented them to the public.

Officials declined to provide design documents or price estimates but said the changes are intended to cut costs and increase classroom efficiency.

The school district now will add between 25 and 28 classrooms to D and E halls on the high school’s east end, which is the newest part of the building, added in 2011. That’s a shift from the original bond proposal, in which 15 classrooms were to be built onto the building’s south end with partial demolition of A hall.

The new plan also calls for a storm-rated auxiliary gym and wrestling and storage rooms to be built onto the side of the building’s north gym, creating a new entry for the school’s athletics programs and potentially a new parent drop-off point. The district also is looking to add parking on the south and northwest sides of the building, with a road circling the school.

Trisha Brooke-Fruendt, the district’s owner representative through the bond project construction, said the changes are more efficient and dollar-effective and that the project is still within the original $29.4 million budget and timeline, which calls for construction to begin next summer.

She said the district won’t have a cost estimate or publicly available design documents until the design team finishes its preliminary process in September.

KSU’s Multicultural

Student Center starts construction

Rain delays are pushing back construction on the K-State Multicultural Student Center.

However, associate vice president for diversity Adrian Rodriguez said he’s hopeful the center, which will be named the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center, will finish construction in time for a fall 2020 opening.

The $5.5 million center will include meeting rooms for multicultural student organizations, as well as performing spaces and student support spaces.

South Mid-Campus Drive, which runs next to the center’s construction area, is now closed for the semester while university crews replace aging sanitary sewer, water and gas lines.

School lunch

program wins

state award

The Manhattan-Ogden Child Nutrition Department won a state award for outstanding customer service.

The department won the Kansans CAN Best Practice award for improving communication with families by implementing a Friendly Face Friday, which showcases the nutrition workers who prepare and serve food at each of the district’s schools.

The award also noted the department’s efforts to provide clear nutrition labels for families using the Nutrislice, an online lunch and breakfast menu platform. The nutrition info helps families that have children with food allergies.

Donations, grants

The Manhattan-Ogden school board approved $5,649.79 at its Aug. 21 meeting.

LifeTouch donated $749.79 to Woodrow Wilson Elementary for classroom supplies.

Riley County Raising Riley donated $4,400 to Eugene Field Early Learning Center for behavioral and mental health support personnel and reimbursement for costs associated with extended childcare services.

Cowboy Running Company donated $500 to Manhattan High School for supplies for Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The board also heard a report on overall donations during the 2018-2019 school year. The district received $335,316 in cash donations, $8,119 in non-cash donations, and $285,489 in grants for a total of $628,924 in received funds.

Education reporter for the Manhattan Mercury. Follow me on Twitter at @byRafaelGarcia.