A project five years in the making is showing more progress at Kalona Elementary.Some of the school’s faculty and staff made their way the playground Wednesday to clean out mulch from under the equipment. Jan Knebel (knee-bull) is the chairperson of the project. She says the clearing of the mulch is one of the final steps in readying the playground for the fall semester. The Kalona Playground Improvement Project has been in the works since 2006, but last month the school received grant money which allowed them to work on the important final stages of it. Knebel says a layer of rock and a cement base is next the step, followed by rubberized safety tile. She says the group is confident the playground will be completed by the time school starts.