Prop S updates

  • Walter Ambrose Family Center Avery Elementary Bristol Elementary Clark Elementary Edgar Road Elementary
    Ambrose Avery Bristol Clark Edgar Road
    Givens Elementary Hudson Elementary Hixson Middle School Webster Groves High School
    Givens Hudson Hixson WGHS

    Thanks to community support of Prop S last summer, we are addressing infrastructure, maintenance, accessibility and safety needs in the district. Over the next few years, schools will see improvements to windows, doors, boilers, HVAC units, security cameras and more. In addition, Knight Auditorium will undergo accessibility improvements and new lighting and audio systems. Other updates include:

    • Boilers in Clark Elementary, Edgar Road Elementary and Hudson Elementary schools are scheduled to be replaced this summer.
    • Interior doors are being surveyed and an installation timeline will be developed afterwards with the project continuing into the 2024-25 school year.
    • Rooftop units at Walter Ambrose Family Center and Givens are scheduled for installation in 2024.
    • Planning and design for safety and security upgrades including fire alarm and security systems are underway. 
    • Upgrades to Kopplin Field, including new surfaces are in the design stage.
    • Major updates to Moss Field are scheduled to be completed in 2024. This includes ADA compliant entries and restrooms, a new parking lot, beachers, eight-lane track, field and more.

    Stay up to date on all Prop S projects as we continue the work thanks to our community!

What's new?

  • 11/2/2023 - 

    Webster Groves School District is dedicated to providing the best learning environment for our students. We're excited to share some important updates regarding the progress of Prop S, a vital initiative to improve our school facilities and safety measures.

    1. Boilers: Heating and Redundancy

    All boiler work has been successfully completed. This not only ensures better heating efficiency but also enhances the redundancy of our heating systems, guaranteeing a comfortable learning environment for all.

    2. Rooftop Renovations

    Bid packages for rooftop renovations at Ambrose, Givens, the Administration Building, and the Service Center are currently in their final stages. These renovations are set to provide structural improvements that will benefit our schools for years to come.

    3. Door Replacements

    We're taking action to enhance security and accessibility by approving the bid package for door replacements at Clark, Edgar, Givens, and Ambrose schools. A total of 165 doors are scheduled for replacement, ensuring a safer and more secure environment.

    4. High School Auditorium Renovations

    Over the summer, we plan for extensive work on the high school auditorium. 

    5. District-Wide Safety and Security Upgrades

    Safety is a top priority. We are committed to upgrading district-wide safety and security systems, encompassing fire alarm and security alarm systems. This initiative will further safeguard our schools and the well-being of our students and staff.

    6. Impact-Resistant Film

    We're investing in safety measures by installing impact-resistant film throughout our schools. The majority of this film will be applied at Hixson, providing an added layer of protection for our students and buildings.

    7. ADA-Compliant Sidewalk Access

    Ensuring accessibility for all is essential. We're addressing ADA-compliant sidewalk access from the lower playground at Givens, with plans set for next summer.


    Previous updates

    From athletic field improvements to energy-efficient boiler installations and security system upgrades, Prop S is making a significant impact in our schools. Here's a closer look at the projects currently underway and how they are benefiting our schools as of August 2023:

    Selma Field

    Additional soil materials brought in and field laser graded
    New grass "springs" added for improved playing surface

    Boiler Replacement Package

    Installation tie-in and commissioning are ongoing over the next few months
    New cooling towers installed at Clark and Edgar Road
    Delivery and placement of new energy-efficient boilers in boiler rooms

    Roof Top Unit Package

    Currently in the design stage
    Project to be completed in two phases due to the number of units needing replacement

    Door/Window Package

    Districtwide survey has been completed
    Clark, Edgar Road, Givens, and Ambrose Family Center will address doors first
    Design development is in process for Hixson's two-story classroom wing
    Other school sites are also in the design process

    Knight Auditorium Package

    Design meetings are complete
    Work is anticipated to take place in the summer of 2024

    Safety/Security Systems

    Needs survey for each building has been completed
    Several security alarm system upgrades have been completed

    17 Selma

    Asphalt patching


    Replaced failing railroad tie walls
    Asphalt patching


    Concrete sidewalk replacements
    Emergency replacement of failed heat pumps
    Asphalt sealing and patching


    Replaced temporary gravel driveway with concrete driveway
    Repaired playground wall and installed and improved roller gate
    Emergency replacement of failed heat pump units


    Asphalt patching
    Replaced a failed clay sewer line outside the building that was causing continuous sewage backups
    Reconnected drainline to storm sewer, replaced failed railroad tie wall, and installed new drains in the window well

    Edgar Road

    Asphalt sealing and patching


    Replaced carpet in six rooms with solid surface flooring
    Removed hazardous free-standing brick wall and replaced it with a vinyl fence
    Replaced failed concrete stairs and sidewalks
    Installed a concrete dumpster pad
    Asphalt sealing and patching


    Replacement of playground fence and new access gate in progress

    Hixson Middle School

    Repaired and motorized old gym bleachers
    Asphalt patching

    Webster Groves High School

    Renovated Bradford Lot
    Replaced failed concrete driveway, sidewalks, and cast-in-place wall
    Emergency abatement of tunnel piping due to ACM contamination from failed insulation due to years of untreated steam line leaks
    Emergency replacement of hot water heater due to failed sewer lines damaging the old unit

    These Prop S projects are providing much-needed improvements and upgrades to various school facilities, ensuring a safe and conducive learning environment for students and staff.