Several construction projects occurred over the summer and more are planned for the future, including additions at two Dublin middle schools.

Several construction projects occurred over the summer and more are planned for the future, including additions at two Dublin middle schools.

Annette Morud, district director of business affairs, last week gave school board members an update on construction projects funded by a $50-million bond issue. The issue passed last fall and will fund improvements across the district over three years.

Many projects were completed in the summer, including security entrances at 18 schools, the Coffman High School performing arts center improvements, new playgrounds and parking lot pavings.

According to Morud, a few projects are still under way.

"The Indian Run (Elementary) bus loop should be done in three or four weeks," she told board members.

Additional classrooms being added to Coffman High School are scheduled to be finished in January. Parking lot additions to Jerome High School and the transportation center are expected to be finished much sooner.

"At Jerome, 250 parking spaces are being added," Morud said.

During the 2009-10 school year, Morud said planning for next summer's projects will be done, in addition to work on additions at Davis and Karrer middle schools.

Gary Sebach of Bird Houk Collaborative is working with the district on the projects. He said the additions to the middle schools will be similar, including three classrooms, a science classroom and locker bays.

The designs for the additions at Davis and Karrer are complete and Morud said the bidding process should occur this month. Morud anticipates the contract will be awarded at the Oct. 27 school board meeting and construction could begin soon after that.

"They'll be mobilizing and get out to the site as soon as the first week in November. It's scheduled to open for the next school year," she said.