Dedication set for $12.8 million East Park remodeling
DANVILLE — East Park Elementary School students and staff will dedicate their newly remodeled school tonight.
The $12.8 million project, which wrapped up last winter, included adding a sloped metal roof, installing a new HVAC system, making electrical and plumbing upgrades, replacing exterior windows and doors, painting the building, removing old lockers that weren't needed, black-topping the parking lot and pouring new, wider sidewalks to make them more accessible for wheelchairs.
It also called for building a new cafeteria with seating for more than 400, a modern kitchen and restrooms.
The renovation was the final project in the district's ambitious plan to overhaul its three most problematic schools in three years. The $12.3 million South View Middle School renovation was done in 2012, and the $13.76 million North Ridge Middle School renovation wrapped up in 2013.
The schools, which opened in 1961, shared the same basic design and problems, including a flat roof that leaked; outdated boilers, plumbing and electrical systems; no air conditioning; and old windows and doors. They were also built without cafeterias because the district ran out of money, leaving students to eat in the commons areas.
The public is invited to attend today's dedication ceremony at 6 p.m. at the school, 930 Colfax St., Danville.