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Building Renovations Planned to Enhance Safety and Environment
December 05, 2012
Several schools will be undergoing renovations this coming summer, as security enhancements and interior updates are completed. The projects will affect Spring Hill Elementary School (SHES), the current Spring Hill Intermediate School (SHIS) building and Spring Hill Middle School (SHMS).
The projects will be paid for using the nearly $3 million of savings achieved to date on bond-related projects. The construction market, which has been very competitive, allowed the district to save significant amounts of funds on the Prairie Creek Elementary School expansion and also on Wolf Creek Elementary School. In addition, the favorable weather has minimized extra costs typically associated with scheduling challenges caused by inclement weather.
Safety of students and staff members is an extremely high priority, and one that will be addressed at SHES, SHIS and SHMS this summer. At all three buildings, front entryways will be reconfigured to allow for more secure access points. The foyer areas will require visitors to go through the offices prior to entering student areas. Also, key card access systems, cameras and some new doors will be installed to further secure the buildings.
In addition, interior updates will be made at Spring Hill Elementary and the current Intermediate School buildings, as the schools prepare for the transition to SHES serving preschool-grade five and SHIS being repurposed to serve sixth grade students and house district staff. While plans are still being finalized and estimates developed, some of the interior enhancements will include new paint treatments, carpet, tile, lighting in some areas, and restroom makeovers. The updates will ensure that all of the district’s elementary schools have similar learning environments. At SHIS, which will soon be called Spring Hill Middle School North, some of the same enhancements will be made as well as the reconfiguration of the office areas.
Due to the renovations and other scheduled maintenance projects, like parking lot repairs, all three of the affected schools will be closed throughout the summer months. Updates regarding building access will be shared in the late spring, as construction schedules are finalized.