WORTHINGTON Independent School District 518 continues to make improvements to district facilities to better serve district students, staff and community. Over the course of the summer, the district will be conducting routine maintenance upon many facilities as well as putting the finishing touches on Trojan Field and continuing construction on the Intermediate School.

It takes a lot of work to keep facilities in great shape and up to standards as environments to achieve success in education. The custodial services teams across the district work away throughout the year and choose to handle many projects over the summer months when facilities see reduced use. Thank you to all the members of ISD 518’s custodial staff for tending to the settings that allow students to reach excellence in education!

Across Marine Avenue from the high school student parking lot, Trojan Field is receiving the finishing touches of a reconstruction project. Many aspects of the facility have been refurbished, changed or rebuilt to provide an incredible facility for use by district students and the community. Some of these improvements include a new turf field, new home and visitor bleachers that are more easily accessible to all fans, a new scoreboard and improved sound system, an updated field house including locker areas for home and visiting teams, and a resurfaced and finished track.

The track is the last piece of the project to fall into place. The final coats that are required to seal the surface need to be carefully applied, and the weather needs to cooperate with the crews working on this project. Wind is the enemy when it comes to this process, so it has been rough going recently to find great conditions. The district is excited to see the finished result and looks forward to hosting a grand opening once the reconstruction project is fully complete.

Another project that is holding the attention of the district is the Intermediate School currently under construction at the Crailsheim site. This building is quickly popping up against the skyline on the west side of Worthington. The current portion of the building being erected is the gymnasium.

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The gym portion of the Intermediate School is rated a storm shelter and is compliant with the many requirements that go along with that rating. To ensure the structure integrity of the area, the walls are constructed of large segments that are currently erected by crane. It is an awesome sight to be dwarfed by these large segments that weigh between 50,000 to 60,000 pounds as they are hoisted and carefully set into place.

The Intermediate School is expected to open to students in the fall of 2022 and is currently on schedule. This facility will include space for 900 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. Portions of the building will be two stories. The facility’s bus loop will be connected to the current bus loop and parking lot of the Learning Center. The Intermediate School will help to alleviate some of the space challenges faced in Prairie Elementary and Worthington Middle School.

Parker Sandhurst is District 518's communications coordinator.