District Moves Administrative Offices to New Location
The Wentzville School District has relocated its administrative offices to a new location as a result of continued growth in the District. The Board of Education approved the move of the District’s Central Office to the former Quail Ridge Early Childhood Center located on Interstate Drive in Wentzville last year. Renovations to the building are nearing completion and most departments have already moved from the previous space located at One Campus Drive in Wentzville to the new Administrative Center located at 280 Interstate Drive. The move will be completed by mid-April and the first Board of Education meeting at the new location is scheduled to take place on May 18th.
The WSD continues to be the fastest growing school district in the state, adding 650 students in the past year. The former Central Office building located on Campus Drive in Wentzville is just under 11,500 square feet and a number of employees were sharing makeshift work areas. “We outgrew this space some time ago,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “We were fortunate to have the building available on Interstate Drive which meets our present needs and allows room for some additional growth as well.” The Board of Education had approved up to $500,000 for renovations to the Quail Ridge building in order to accommodate office space for administrative staff members. The project was awarded in November to ICS Construction for $297,500, well below the anticipated cost. Including change orders, the total cost to date is $348,961. The estimated cost to add on to the One Campus Drive location was $1.9 to $2.2 million.
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 most recently was home to the District’s Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program. PAT has relocated to the building on Campus Drive, which will also be home to the District’s Technology Department that currently has employees 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.”
The Board of Education voted in January to name the new office location on Interstate Drive the “Wentzville School District Administrative Center” and the former Central Office location on Campus Drive was re-named the “Berrey-Place Center” after former superintendent Dr. Ron Berrey and former chief financial officer Dr. Richard Place.