By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
Students at area schools are seeing a variety of upgrades to their buildings.
Cory-Rawson High School students came back this week to find new windows and bigger lockers at school.
The window upgrades are “long overdue,” and as for lockers, “students seem to have more stuff than they did in 1960,” Superintendent Bob Hlasko said.
Cory-Rawson soccer players are now using two fields across the road instead of a field behind the school. Typically, one will be a practice field and one will be a game field, Hlasko said, but it would be possible to play two games at once.
The seating and scoreboard are also new.
At Van Buren, the bleachers were replaced in the high school gym, which were original to the 1970s.
“It was more fiscally responsible to replace them than repair them,” Superintendent Tim Myers said.
The walls were repainted, and new LED lighting paid for by the athletic boosters was installed.
The district also refinished the track, sealcoated the north parking lot, and replaced pea gravel with mulch at the elementary playground.
North Baltimore installed new LED lights outside at the elementary school and high school, Superintendent Ryan Delaney said.
The district also put up a new swing set at the elementary school and purchased Chromebooks for first-graders and iPads for kindergartners. Sidewalk improvements were made as well.
Vanlue “had a few bigger projects,” this summer, Superintendent Traci Conley said.
New heating units were installed in each classroom. They are connected to the building’s boiler system.
The district also resurfaced and sealed the parking lot and installed a digital sign in front of the school.
Arcadia made repairs to half of the school’s exterior. Loose mortar and bricks were repaired or replaced. The other half will be completed next summer, Superintendent Bruce Kidder said.
At Arlington, the entrance to the gym has been painted red and black — school colors — to give it a “more welcoming appeal,” Superintendent Kevin Haught said.
Also, the roof was repaired after wind damage, and some classrooms received new paint, tile or carpet.