BUSY SUMMER AHEAD AS SCHOOL DISTRICT BEGINS REFERENDUM-FUNDED IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
As the school year ends, work is just beginning on 178 projects that are scheduled at schools across Palm Beach County, using the School District’s share of money from the penny sales tax approved by voters for new construction, repairs to existing buildings, new vehicles and technology improvements.
Ten schools — seven elementary and three middle — will be shut down over the summer due to the all-encompassing projects that will be taking place on their campuses. Cypress Trails, Del Prado, Jupiter Farms, K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point, New Horizons and Timber Trace elementary schools and Bear Lakes, Watson B. Duncan and Wellington Landings middle schools will move or cancel summer programs and offer registration at nearby schools.
“Thanks to the voters who approved the Penny Sales Tax referendum, we have the funding and are to begin several major projects across the District as soon as school ends next month,” said Wanda Paul, Chief Operating Officer. “I expect that parents and students will be very pleased at the progress that we make this summer when they return to the campuses in August.”
Waterproofing, sealing and painting of the buildings, roofing, HVAC upgrades, generator replacement, playcourt and track resurfacing, plumbing replacement and new intercom systems are just a few of the planned projects.
Approximately $30 million in security features, such as single point of entry, fencing and lighting are also being added to campuses. The summer repairs and upgrades will be focused on particular areas of the schools while other areas may be addressed through the year over winter breaks and next summer.
In total, the projects scheduled to begin this summer add up to more than $70 million of the $2.7 billion in total capital funds from the sales tax. To check for expected projects at your child’s school, click here.