Students return to newly remodeled schools

by Becky GINOS BOUNTIFUL—As students headed back to school on Wednesday, many found themselves in new surroundings. Several buildings have undergone major renovations and are mostly complete as the doors opened for another year. “Most of them are all ready to go,” said Gary Payne, Administrator of Facilities Management and Planning for the Davis School District. “All of the work under general contact is done at Woods Cross High. They’ve added a few things that they’ll work on over the next several weeks like tile and painting. The auditorium and little theater will be complete mid-September and the landscaping has been installed.” Viewmont High is ready to roll, he said. “There’s some work in the auditorium and some classrooms are not quite ready but they’re not needed on day one either,” said Payne. “They’re just feverishly trying to get it all cleaned up.” Significant changes were made at Mueller Park Junior High in Bountiful with additional classrooms and a new, more secure main entrance. “The front entrance is a couple of months out but on schedule,” he said. “Resurfacing of the gym floor is about two weeks out but everything else is ready.” Operable windows were installed in several buildings, Payne said. “It’s for egress which is a great safety feature. Air conditioning was also installed in Valley View and Hillfield Elementaries as well as Farmington, Fairfield and Syracuse Junior Highs.” Overall, work is going as planned and temporary solutions are in place where needed to insure operations at the schools are fully functional, he said. “You might see contractors wrapping up odds and ends but for the most part they’re substantially complete.”


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