Construction to Begin
Starting on Monday, February 22, work will begin on our building projects at Norton Community Schools. The first phase will be fencing of the construction areas at the high school, junior high, and Eisenhower Elementary. The parking lot in front of the junior high will be blocked and access to the front of the junior high school will be limited. There will be limited parking spaces in the high school parking lot for people coming to the junior high or high school. Please enter the Junior High through the south entry of the junior high.
Starting March 7, parking will also be more limited in front of Stull gym. Access to the front of Stull gym will be limited as well. Please be careful when driving in this area.

Access at the front of Eisenhower will remain the same at this time as most of work will be to the west of the building. There will be limited access to the west of Eisenhower Elementary starting on Monday, February 22.

Moving Utilities

The USD 211 building project is underway as the first work is now taking place. Contractors are moving our utility lines at Eisenhower and at the High School so that when construction begins in March we will be ready to go! 
The City of Norton started things off by moving our electric lines at Eisenhower and now the construction contractors are moving water lines and eventually gas lines. All of these lines will be moved from now till the middle of Christmas break. At that time the new lines will be put into service and the old ones unhooked. This allows us to continue to have school uninterrupted and will prevent us from being interrupted when we get back from break. Thanks to the city as well as Hutton Construction and our subcontractors for getting this done!

Concept Drawings of Part of the Bond Project!

View of the front of Stull Gym when completed.

View of the front of Norton Community Jr. High when completed.
View of the interior of Eisenhower gym/shelter


Approximate Timeline for the USD 211 Building Project 

JH/SR High

March 2016­-February 2017 New Locker Room Area and Classroom area

March 2016­-August 2016 Junior High Administration and Stull Entry

May 2016­-August 2016 JH Remodel and Back Stairway rebuild

Eisenhower Elementary

March 2016­-October 2016 Gym/Shelter and Classroom Construction

May 2016­-August 2016 Office Remodel

April 2016­-July 2016 North Restrooms

November 2016­-February 2017 Remodel Old Gym area to classrooms

This updated timeline would allow the project to finish in about one year and not a year and a half as originally thought. We hope the weather will cooperate and allow this to happen.

The USD 211 Board of Education heard a presentation by the architects of SJCF and Hutton Construction. The board viewed the newest drawings proposed by the architects. Recent changes to the plans include moving the gym at Eisenhower Elementary to the north to help alleviate possible drainage issues. These new plans tie the new addition into the original building much better than before.
Hutton Construction also visited with the Board of Education about some scheduling scenarios for the project. It is hoped that the schedule for the project can be shortened which will allow us to begin using the new facilities as soon as possible.
The architects will return to visit with the board of education in October to provide the final drawings and the first initial cost estimates. The Board then gave their approval for SJCF and Hutton to continue on to the next phase of the project.
We will soon be providing drawings to give you some idea of what the project will look like when it is finished.

"The Board of Education Unified School District 211, on the 10th of August, approved Hutton Construction for Construction Manager at Risk services for the Bond project. Their score was the highest of three firms with 92.6 out of a possible 100 points."

Building Project Update for July

July 15, 2015
July has been a busy month for the building project. The architects brought schematic plans to the Board of Education to approve for the initial phase of the construction. These were discussed and approved.
The Board approved three Construction Management companies to interview for the Construction Management position. The Construction Management company will oversee the project for USD 211. A committee of Board members, community members, and school representatives will interview the three companies that were chosen. They will then make a recommendation for the Board to approve at their August meeting.
Once a Construction Management company is selected they will begin to work with the architects to prepare to take bids on the project.
We hope that you will soon be seeing some survey work being done around the schools. There will also be some soil testing done.
Phil Wilson

RFQ: Norton Comunity Schools


Date: June 24, 2015

To: Kansas General Contractors

Subject: Construction Manager at Risk Services
Norton Community Schools USD 211

Associated with recently approved projects, the Norton Community school district is soliciting submissions from interested General Contractors for Construction Manager at Risk services for additions and renovations to the Eisenhower Elementary and the Norton junior high/high school buildings.

If interested, please deliver responses to the Office of the Superintendent, Unified School District 211, 105 East Waverly, Norton, KS, to the attention of Janice Russell, USD 211 BOE Clerk, no later than 3:00 p.m., July 8, 2015.

Your responses should include, but should not be limited to, the following information:

  • Project experience
  • Project experience as Construction Manager at Risk
  • Key Personnel and resumes
  • References
  • Statement of bonding capacity
  • Statement of plan to work with local vendors/businesses and local work force
  • Project Approach

Please submit 1 disk (thumb drive is preferred) and 1 hard copy.

Contractors/Managers at Risk selected to interview will be notified by USD 211.  Interviews are tentatively scheduled for August 4, 2015.  Thank you for your interest.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Russel before July 1 and Mr. Phil Wilson, Supt. after July 1 at 785-877-3386


Some info from the architects. . . 

Three phases for the architects:
Phase 1:  Schematic Design; flesh out concepts; 3D visuals;    Changes possible.  BOE Approval

Phase 2:  Design/Development DETAILS   Schedule & Budget; Changes possible.  BOE Approval

Phase 3:  Construction Documents developed: VERY FEW CHANGES POSSIBLE.  Final Schedule, Budget and prepared Bids


December 2015-January 2016:  Start New Construction at EES & JH-SH   (RED and ORANGE areas on the site maps): Anticipated duration 10 -12 months with ESTIMATED completion November-December 2016

Spring/Summer 2016:   Replace End of Life Roofs.

Spring/Summer 2017:  EES Playground Renovations 
Interior Renovations at EES & JH-SH (YELLOW areas on the site maps); 
upgrade exterior doors, electrical classroom outlets

Fall 2017:  Projects all completed

NOTE:  THERE WILL BE DISRUPTIONS 2015-16 & 2016-17 :  Playground area, parking lots, hallways, etc. etc.  

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Information Brochure is available here.

Power Point presentation used in the community meetings and group presentations.  Note: it is a large file and will take some time to load. 

A list of public meetings and opportunities to tour the USD 211 facilities is available here:  Bond Issue Meetings & Tours   PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGE:  THE MARCH 29 COMMUNITY MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE EES BAND ROOM; 3:00 p.m.

A quick COMPARISON of the April 2014 & April 15 proposals

Revised Master Plans:      EES             JH-SH 
NOTE:   You will need to use your web browser's view option to shrink the plans to fit your computer screen.

Failed bond issue:  survey results

Why do schools need Storm Shelters?  
To see the inside of a school during a powerful storm, open the link below.  Damage in the hallways can be seen starting at the 2:40 minute mark.



The issue of how much in property taxes a successful bond issue election will cost taxpayers is complicated  and somewhat speculative. The average mill levy needed to repay $9.8 million in bonds is computed to be 8.54 mills over the 20 years needed to retire the bonds. This figure is based on  some conservative and educated assumptions such as: the interest rate on the bonds, future property valuations and continued state aid. Remember, this is being projected over 20 years. . .and who has  that BIG of a crystal ball?
There are three kinds of property that is taxed; residential (homes), commercial (businesses) and farm  property (which is divided even further  into  four different types based on land use and structures). All three kinds of property are assessed differently.
The Norton County Assessors office has provided some examples of each of the different kinds of property taxes to show the affect to CURRENT tax levies of a successful bond issue. The information and with some more explanation is available here.

       RESIDENTS of USD 211 who are of legal voting age and registered to vote, are eligible to vote in a USD 211 BonD Issue  election. This includes the residents of Clayton, Edmond, Lenora, Norton and New Almelo and those who live in the rural areas outside of those communities.
        USD 211 is quite large; 678 square miles and with property in the counties of  Decatur, Graham, Norton and Sheridan.  The bulk of USD 211 property is in Norton County, with significant property in Graham County.
       A map showing the boundary of USD 211 is available to view by clicking here 
      The boundary of USD 211 is in black, highlighted with yellow. The county names and the communities of Clayton, Edmond, Lenora, Norton and New Almelo are highlighted in pink.  Note :  You may need to use your browser's view option to enlarge the map to see it clearly. 

REVISED Estimated Construction/Project Cost
REVISED Estimated Costs for bond payback 
USD 211 Enrollment Projection through 2020
Mill Levy & Enrollment History of USD 211 since 1982
Note:  The current school funding formula was implemented beginning with the 1992-93 school year.


During the school year of 2007-2008 the USD 211 Board of Education authorized two studies to be made of USD 211 schools.

One was to determine the condition and use of current USD 211 school buildings and to make suggestions for improvement.

USD 211 Facilities:  Condition & Improvement 

The second study was to determine the handicap accessibility of the USD 211 facilities to make recommendations for making our facilities more handicap accessible.

USD 211 Facilities:  Handicap Accessibility

Note:  the reports are lengthy and will take a few seconds to open.

In the winter and spring of 2013, the District's Architects, Schaefer, Johnson, Cox and Frey, conducted a space and needs assessment of the EES, Norton Junior High and the Norton Community High School.

This assessment was based on professional observation and inspection of the District's buildings and through formal conversations with our staff.

The Architects' survey and summary for the EES are available by clicking here.

The Architects' survey and summary  for the Norton Junior and Senior High Schools are available by clicking here.

Note:  the summaries are lengthy and will take a few seconds to open.


To determine public support for improving USD 211 facilities, the Docking Institute in Fort Hays State was hired in the fall of 2011 to conduct a community survey.  The Docking Institute completed the survey in the winter of 2012.  Surveys were conducted by phone and by internet.  The results indicated strong support for the Norton Community Schools and support for improving our facilities.

The survey results are available here:

Phone Survey              
Internet Survey

In April, 2012 the Board of Education conducted a two day strategic planning session.  Those involved were members of the Board of Education, members of each school's site council and a school representative of each building.

Over the two days, the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities of USD 211 were identified by the study participants and a plan was developed to addressed the perceived weaknesses and challenges using the perceived strengths and opportunities.  After some modification, the Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board in May, 2012.  The plan is available here:

USD 211 Strategic Plan

Note:  the surveys and strategic plan and lengthy and will require a few moments to download.
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