Two Burlington schools getting millions of dollars in building improvements

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Two schools in Burlington that share the same campus are in the process of getting millions of dollars in building improvements.

It’s been in the works since Town Meeting Day two years ago, when Burlington voters approved a bond for school infrastructure.

The Burlington School District is nearing the end of year two of its ten-year capital improvement plan. The district developed that plan in July 2017, not long after voters gave it permission to borrow $19 million.

The school district’s property services director, Marty Spaulding, said the bond money is being combined with money the district already had in its budget “to address $39 million of deferred and preventative maintenance needs at all of the schools in the district, with the exception to the high school.”

Spaulding gave the school board a walk-through Tuesday evening of the construction progress at Edmunds Middle School and Edmunds Elementary.

The capital plan includes about $10 million for work at the Edmunds campus, including one project taking place right now. When students return this fall, they’ll go into both buildings through a central entrance that will be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Spaulding says the district wanted the new entrance “not only for accessibility purposes, but also for safety and security that we have one secure entry point to this the campus, and not a separate door to the middle school and a separate door to the elementary school.”

The entrance also includes a station for both the elementary and middle school nurses right behind the new front desk.

Last year, the district built a new cafeteria for both Edmunds schools. Students began using it this spring, when they returned from April vacation. It even includes an outdoor dining patio.

And you may be wondering what’s going on inside the fenced-in space on Main Street. It’s a staging area for the construction equipment, and it’s also where the hillside is being smoothed out somewhat.

“We’re bringing the grade (of the hillside) directly to the front door, eliminating a series of steps, making that entrance fully accessible and wheelchair-accessible,” Spaulding said.

The ten-year plan for Edmunds Middle School and Edmunds Elementary also includes a new gym floor, a new heating and air conditioning system, as well as new windows that are more energy-efficient than the windows they’re replacing.

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