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Reidland High School upgrades well under way

BY LAUREN P. DUNCAN lduncan@paducahsun.com

Work is almost complete one month after the McCracken County Board of Education approved a contractor for the first round of renovations at old Reidland High School.

Todd Jackson, facilities director, presented the board with an update on renovations by B.H. Green & Son Inc., at Thursday night's regular board meeting.

The old Reidland High School complex, which at the start of the 2015-2016 school year will be the new Reidland Intermediate School, includes renovations to the school's older and newer sections.

The contracting company is almost finished with work on the first phase of renovations, which is all of the work set for the newer side of the school. The updates included a new fire alarm system, a renovated library and an improved vestibule at the school's entrance for safety measures.

Reidland Middle School will move from its current building to the renovated section of the old Reidland High School complex when classes start next month.

The Phase 1 work was originally estimated at about $248,000. The board awarded a bid to B.H. Green & Son at its June meeting in the amount of $179,424.

The second phase of renovations includes more extensive updates on the older side of old Reidland High School. That portion of the school will serve fourth- and fifth-grade students who will move to the building at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

Phase 2 renovations includes updates to restrooms, heating and air conditioning systems and windows, which has been estimated at about $1.8 million.

Jackson said Thursday the district plans to take bids for the second phase of the project beginning in October and hopes to have renovations complete on the older portion of old Reidland High School by spring break of next year.

The renovations at old Reidland High School are part of the district's facility realignment plan approved by the board in February. As a part of the realignment, the district plans to relocate its board and administrative offices from its present location on Berger Road to what will be the former Reidland Middle School building.

Jackson asked the board for advice on moving forward with needed electrical upgrades at the middle school, which have been roughly estimated to cost $300,000.

The board asked Jackson and Superintendent Quin Sutton to present a plan of what the new board office layout will look like, allocating office space for 35-40 employees who will be moving into the building, as well as different options for the needed improvements.

Also at Thursday's meeting, the board heard an update from Brian Bowland, director of pupil personnel. He said eight of the district's schools saw an overall increase in attendance over the past school year. He also announced that Reidland Elementary School will begin offering day care services this year. Parents will be able to pay for children to be dropped off at school early or picked up later, which is similar to day care programs at other McCracken County schools, Bowland said.

Contact Lauren Duncan, a Paducah sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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