Despite school being placed on hold due to COVID-19, it remains full steam ahead for construction and renovation projects at Greenfield-Central schools.
Last year, the district approved plans to spend approximately $13 million to upgrade portions of each of its eight buildings through a general obligation bond.
Superintendent Dr. Harold Olin told Giant FM recently that things are moving.
“Construction is moving along as expected. All in all, we are happy with the progress so far. The Performance Services Team has managed this well so far,” Olin told Giant FM.
On the list are renovations to both Greenfield-Central High School and Greenfield-Central Junior High.
At the high school, work is being done to expand the school’s music classes, along with a new training room, weight room and locker rooms for the athletic programs, and a new greenhouse. In addition, there are plans for a new access road for buses between Franklin Street and a small parking lot next to the greenhouse.
“The high school greenhouse should be finished in the next two weeks. The structural steel is in place for the weight room, training room and coaching offices. The girls and boys locker rooms are a little behind the weight room side, though it is still on schedule,” Olin told Giant FM.
At the junior high, work continues on the auxiliary gym.
“The junior high auxiliary gym has three sides complete, so it is easy to see the footprint for that facility,” Olin said.
Greenfield Intermediate School, Eden Elementary School, Harris Elementary School, JB Stephens Elementary School and Weston Elementary School will all see some renovations, as well.
“We have been doing some chiller work at Greenfield Intermediate, Harris, Weston, JBS and Eden. The parking lots at Eden and the junior high school were not scheduled to be dune until June, though, we may speed up those projects in light of the campus being closed to students until May 1. The JBS roof will still remain a summer project,” Olin told Giant FM.
Olin did say that while COVID-19 has presented some issues, there may be some good to come out of it as it may allow construction crews an opportunity to get more work done without students, faculty, staff and parents in the buildings.
“It is actually one of the few positives related to the students being off-site. It could potentially speed up the bathroom renovations in a few sites,” he said.