As students and teachers see new faces during the school year, they’ll see new improvements to their buildings, too, both in-progress and complete.

Several schools throughout the district are currently undergoing modernization efforts to bring schools closer to a 21st-century education standards, an effort which involved updating many buildings and areas in schools, some as old as 70 years old.

The district has previously stated that such efforts will help maintain both academic and safety standards.

All construction work done and being performed has been funded by voter-approved bond funds.

Work will continue throughout the school year for all these schools with a projected end date of next summer.

The following is a list of schools and their current construction updates provided by the school district:

Franklin

-New fire alarm system. Work occurs at night and on weekends.

-Air conditioning system. Work occurs after school hours and on

weekends. The system will be complete when a power upgrade is completed early next year.

-Window retrofits. Continuing during the winter break and will be completed by spring break.

-New windows with double-pane glass will be installed in several other buildings at the school next summer.

-New flooring and carpet will be installed during the summer in the classrooms and spaces that did not receive an update.

-Door replacements.

These improvements are in conjunction with work done over the summer, including ceiling replacements, making ramps, restrooms and other areas more accessible, and more.

John Adams Middle School

Installation of a new fire alarm system. Installation will begin Fall 2018.

– Air conditioning modernization. Expected start is Fall 2018.

-Pavement resurfacing. Begins shortly after school starts.

-School gym to receive upgraded locker rooms and restrooms. No construction start time given.

In addition to these ongoing projects, JAMS received a new synthetic turf, a new gym floor, and new water fountains and water bottle filling stations.

Samohi

-Construction of new Discovery building. Construction begins early 2019.

-Science quad restoration. No construction start time given.

-Electrical and bathroom modifications made to the utility building between the Innovation building and the future Discovery building. No construction start time given.

-Construction on the Olympic spur project between the baseball field and Olympic Blvd. The project is being reconfigured to hold storage sheds for band and gardening equipment/supplies and to consolidate trash pickup away from campus.

Completed projects on the campus include air conditioning improvements to the Language building, razing of the Science and Technology buildings in preparation of the Discovery building’s construction, and signage and banners for a campus directory.

McKinley went through similar updates as Franklin and is in the finalization process of its updates.

In addition to these construction and modernization efforts, all schools underwent a deep cleaning this summer in every classroom and interior space.

Gail Pinsker, community and public information officer for the school district, notes that more construction projects need to be done to bring district schools up 21-century education standards, which will require additional bond funding.

A bond measure asking for this funding will be on the November ballot.

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