Dublin Villager

School board looks at upcoming construction projects

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Now that voters have approved a $15.87-million bond issue, Dublin City Schools is planning construction.

Dublin Board of Education members this week got a look at construction projects planned for the next few years that will be funded by Issue 48, which was approved by voters in November.

During campaigning, the bond issue was touted as a way to fund improvements around the district including roofing, asphalt, technology and maintenance.

Larger projects are also planned at three schools and include a new heating, ventilation and cooling and fire alarm system at Deer Run Elementary School, a commons expansion at Davis Middle School and improvements to the traffic flow at Riverside Elementary School.

District Director of Business Affairs Annette Morud told board members Dec. 10 construction will occur during the next few years.

"We're starting projects this summer and more as we move forward," she said.

The district has a "small amount of money from the last bond" issue, Morud said, and can start this summer with improvements to the traffic flow at Riverside and asphalt improvements throughout the district.

In 2014, a new HVAC and fire alarm system will be installed at Deer Run and roofing and asphalt projects will be done around the district, Morud said. Roofing improvements are planned at Scioto and Jerome high schools, Karrer Middle School and Bailey and Pinney Elementary schools.

The district also plans to expand the commons area at Davis in 2014.

The commons area currently hosts a crowded lunch time for students. The work will add more space for student lunches and some improvements in the kitchen.

In 2015 other small improvements are planned around the district, Morud said.

The district is also planning improvements at Coffman High School for this summer, but does not have to wait for bond funds. The work will be funded by food services, Morud said.

"We've been talking about this for years," she said.

Brian Hunt, director of food services, said the district is planning to update equipment, cabinetry and lighting in the Coffman cafeteria.

"We think this will enhance the dining experience at Coffman," he said.

The improvements are also expected to improve the efficiency of the serving line and enable employees to serve students faster. The improvements will also touch the made-to-order food service area, which is very popular with students.

"Brian has spent an unbelievable amount of time talking to kids," Superintendent David Axner told board members.

The work at Coffman will also give students a little more seating, which has been a problem in the past, Morud said.

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