DENTON — While students enjoy their break this summer, several maintenance and upgrade projects will be completed throughout the Caroline County Public Schools system.
Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Milton Nagel gave an update on those projects to the Caroline County Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday, June 4.
Among the highlights are a new track at North Caroline High School, funded by a state bond bill; an expanded parking lot at Lockerman Middle School; and the completion of the renovation of the former VFW post building outside Denton into office and storage space for the school system’s support services.
Additionally, front office modifications to enhance school safety will be completed at Federalsburg and Denton elementary schools, Nagel said.
“There’s a lot going on throughout the system,” Nagel said.
Del. Jeff Ghrist, R-36, and Sen. Stephen Hershey, R-36, secured $325,000 in state funding for the new high school track, Nagel said.
The legislators also requested funds for a new track at Colonel Richardson High School, also at the end of its useful life, but only got enough to replace one track. Since North Caroline’s track sees more use, it was chosen to be upgraded first.
Nagel said the request for funds for Colonel Richardson’s track will be resubmitted next year.
The Board of Education later in the meeting awarded a contract for $315,000 to American Tennis Courts to do the work at North Caroline. Nagel said the job includes a complete tear-out of the existing track and installing a 2-in. blacktop subgrade, a mesh layer to prevent cracking and a 1/2-in. layer of the best available synthetic surface.
“Hopefully we will be able to do the same for Colonel next year,” Nagel said.
The parking lot expansion at Lockerman Middle School will add 17 parking spaces to the staff lot between the rear of the building and the track, Nagel said.
Nagel said the majority of the funding for the project comes from a state grant for aging schools; the rest will come from the school system, an expense approved by the Board of Education at the same meeting as part of a list of one-time end-of-fiscal-year spending requests.
The Board of Education also awarded a bid for $85,000 to Choptank Excavating to complete the work.
The renovation work on the former VFW building on Greensboro Road, which the school system acquired about a year ago after the VFW post gave up its charter, should be complete by mid- to late-July, Nagel said.
The new building will allow the school system to consolidate several offices currently spread out amongst smaller buildings, some of which are rented, and provide more storage space for buses, supplies and equipment.
The major capital project in the school system’s queue, the first phase of replacing Greensboro Elementary School, should go out to bid in the next several weeks, Nagel said. That school is scheduled to be open for the 2021-22 school year.