Urbana school board approves facility projects for this summer

Urbana school board approves facility projects for this summer

URBANA — When students get back from their summer vacations this fall at Urbana schools, many of them will find a variety of improvements.

The Urbana school board voted 7-0 on Tuesday to approve several projects to be completed over the summer. The projects are expected to cost $481,000.

Highlights include:

— Replacing the wall partitions at Prairie Elementary School. “The current walls are too noisy,” said Director of Facility Services Ota Dossett.
— Replacing the library carpet and replacing eight classroom rugs at Leal Elementary School.
— Replacing the east sidewalk at King Elementary School.
— Replacing a wall partition at Thomas Paine Elementary School.
— Replacing toilet panel partitions in the girls restroom at Yankee Ridge Elementary School.
— Converting grass into pavement for the holding area where parents pick up their children after school at Wiley Elementary School.
— Flooring replacement for eight classrooms at Urbana High School.
— Replacing the office carpeting at Urbana Middle School.
— System improvements and additional cameras for security.
— Technology improvements.

In other action:

Grant money presented.

Joan Dixon of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois presented a $20,000 check for the SPLASH program.

SPLASH stands for Students Playing and Learning After School Hours.

Social justice class recognized.

Superintendent Don Owen presented certificates to teacher Rachel Moyer, UI Professor Anjale Welton, some UI graduate students and some Urbana High School students in recognition of the high school’s social justice class winning the American Educational Research Association Leadership for Social Justice Bridge People Award.

Facilities discussion.

Board members began their discussion of plans for future facility improvements in the school district.

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