When fresh-looking students arrive Wednesday for their first day of classes, some of the environments they will walk into also will be spiffed up.
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. began a district-wide school facilities improvement project this summer that will be finished at some buildings but will continue at others.
Clifty Creek Elementary School has renovated its library with walls that have received a fresh coat of paint, LED lights and new carpet.
It is among school buildings to receive improvements as part of a $6.7 million plan to upgrade school facilities and playgrounds. Officials are borrowing the money through general obligation bonds that are expected to be paid over a 10-year period.
Corridor and ramp renovations also have been made inside the Clifty Creek building. Cubbies have been added to about a dozen classrooms that will allow students to store their backpacks, jackets and other items for the upcoming school year, said Loren Brummett, manager of projects for Bartholomew Consolidated.
Cabinets and SmartBoards were added to some classrooms as well, while hallways have been made brighter thanks to installation of LED lights.
“The new lighting is a tremendous help,” Brummett said.
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