District officials want the community to know they're grateful for the improvements that will save the schools thousands of dollars in energy costs and educate students with smart technology for the future.
“People who have been coming in and taking a peek at it really like what has been done so far,” district Director of Operations Ted Rescorla said.
This summer, the final four buildings are undergoing transformation — $1.2 million at Ferry Elementary, 1050 Pennoyer Ave.; $1.3 million at Rosy Mound Elementary, 14016 Lakeshore Ave.; $1 million at Central High School, 106 S. Sixth St.; and $507,000 at the Education Service Center, 1415 Beechtree St.
Visible improvements include secure vestibules, new carpet tiles, paint, ceiling tiles, doors and windows, and new technology such as interactive white boards, high-tech projection systems and individual climate control in every room.
Behind the walls and ceilings, work includes new energy-efficient boilers, lighting, climate sensors and computer-controlled comfort systems.
These boilers are already making a difference at schools already equipped.
Heating costs at White Pines Middle School were $25,000 less last year compared to the year prior after adding five new boilers at a cost of $32,000 per boiler, Rescorla said.
Construction is expected to be complete by the start of school on Sept. 4.
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