The Plymouth School Board this week unanimously approved several summer maintenance projects with a total cost of $585,369.49, and Maintenance Director Dave Schoof said most of the expenses will be taken out of a refunding bond for the school. The projects include renovating Lincoln Junior High and Riverside Intermediate to allow the accommodation of the new Innovation Academy, and the refinancing of the bonds has made these renovations possible. The Media Centers at both schools will be converted into space to allow project-based learning.
The Service Center will also undergo several essential improvements, including upgrading the exterior lighting for enhanced security and the installation of a new three-phase electrical service which will power a new manufacturing lab. Schoof explained that the restrooms must also be upgraded in order to meet ADA requirements and a fire alarm system will be installed as well.
He presented the board with conceptual drawings showing the proposed open-concept arrangement, which he said is flexible and adaptive to business and industry. The overall cost of work at the Service Center is estimated to come out to roughly $262,500.
Other work to be done includes gym floor maintenance at Menominee Elementary, Washington Academy, Plymouth High School and Riverside Intermediate. On top of that, Plymouth High School will also require ADA signage upgrades in order to comply with state laws.