By Nancy Whitney
Dodd Elementary is expected to receive its fair share of improvements over the summer months thanks to the Nov. 4, 2014 bond approval. The bond was passed with 71.7 percent of the district’s vote. The school is 15 years old and will see an estimated $2.9 million of the $94.2 million in bonds that were passed.
The removal and replacement of a new roof began June 8 by contractor Martin Tomlinson.
Additional work that began in May and is scheduled for completion in September includes the replacement of library countertops, the installation of hand dryers in all bathrooms, interior paint and the replacement of water fountains. Safety precautions are being addressed through the installation of access control, a badge system and security cameras. Technology upgrades include the addition of wireless access points, the installation of new clocks, network upgrades, a new paging/bell system, installation of a portable sound system for the choir room, projectors replaced, a sound system installed for the gym, an updated cafeteria sound system installed and network switching closets will be upgraded.
Exterior doors will be replaced as well. This project began in May but is not scheduled for completion until 2017.
Beginning in May 2016 carpet, stage flooring and floor tiles will be replaced. The fire alarm panel will be replaced and LED parking lot lighting will be installed along with new digital signage. These projects will not be completed until 2017.
In 2017 the HVAC system will be renovated.