Dublin City Schools set for upgrades throughout summer

Dublin City Schools residents will see their tax dollars at work all over the District this summer.

The District has an extremely busy summer ahead of construction and building maintenance at all schools.

Thanks to the support of our community, two new elementary schools are currently under construction. Hopewell Elementary on Bright Road and Abraham Depp Elementary in Jerome Village are scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. Other projects that were approved by voters this past November will also be in full gear this summer. These include moving the current Central Office to the fourth floor of Emerald Campus and renovating that building into a centralized preschool set to open in the fall of 2020.

“In addition to these extensive projects, the third floor of the Emerald Campus will be finished to accommodate the District’s International Baccalaureate program starting next school year,” said Chief Operations Officer Jeff Stark. “This program consolidation will save the District several hundred thousand dollars each year in licensing and staffing costs.”

Every school will undergo routine summer maintenance and there will be larger scale projects occurring at specific buildings.

Examples of large scale projects include new roofs at Chapman Elementary and Davis Middle School, and floor repairs and replacements at Scioto, Davis, Coffman, and Sells. HVAC upgrades are also scheduled for Davis, Chapman, Riverside, Olde Sawmill, and Sells.

All schools will be receiving paint touch ups. Other projects include; the installation of a safety fence at Olde Sawmill, bleacher replacement at Karrer, tennis court replacements at Dublin Scioto and Sells, and older drinking fountains at Coffman will be replaced. For several years, the District has been systematically replacing older light bulbs and fixtures with LED lighting that results in significant cost savings in electricity costs and maintenance.

Several of the District’s buildings will have milestone anniversaries during the 2019-20 school year, illustrating the fact most of our schools are now 20-25 years old. The 1919 building turns 100, Riverside turns 35, Chapman and Wright turn 30, Grizzell and Dublin Scioto celebrate 25 years, and Dublin Jerome turns 15.

“It is imperative we take excellent care of our community’s investment in our infrastructure,” Stark said.

In addition to the work taking place at our facilities, many of our schools will be in use over the summer. The City of Dublin offers three summer camps, two at our elementary schools and one at a middle school. There is also a wide variety of sports camps and other events scheduled throughout the summer months.

The first day of the 2019-20 school year is Aug. 14 and the maintenance projects will be completed in time to welcome students and staff back to school.

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