RICHMOND – Renovations are underway at Edison High School and students will see some major changes when they return in August.
Work began earlier this month on the estimated $1.7 million project. Crews demolished walls and cleared out several other sites to make way for more room and some state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a new entrance to ensure security for students and staff.
Joe DeBold, district buildings and grounds and transportation supervisor, said Brewer-Garrett Company of Cleveland has been contracted as the design-and-build firm for the projects, continuing upon upgrades made at the school last summer. The latest project entails expanding the music room area, moving the Vo-Ag classroom into the organization’s on-site building with more reconfigurations in that location and upgrading the chemistry lab. Other work includes swapping office space for the assistant principal and guidance areas and adding a new and safer entrance to the building, as well as replacing most of the windows in the gymnasium as well as the school addition dating back to 1962. Officials said the latter were updates which were incomplete from the previous phase of renovations.
“We’re very excited with what they’ve done so far,” said DeBold. “There will be a larger music room, a music classroom with three private practice rooms and a lot more and better storage for instruments and uniforms.”
The Vo-Ag classroom, which until recently was located behind the music room, has been moved to the Vo-Ag building.
“We are renovating the current woodshop to include a classroom and the welding shop will be converted into a woodshop,” DeBold added. “The contractors will also put in a 40-foot-by-38-foot addition which will become the welding shop.”
Other improvements include moving the assistant principal’s office to the second floor and creating a handicapped-accessible entrance at that location.
“They are flipping offices and the lower office will be for the guidance counselor and the guidance office [upstairs] will be for the secretary, nurse and assistant principal’s offices.”
He said the new entrance will also have vestibules for added security.
“Visitors will be buzzed in to the assistant principal’s office for safety and security of the students,” DeBold noted.
Additionally, the chemistry lab is getting updated with new storage and work areas to help modernize the space.
“We are completely remodeling the chemistry lab and it will be state-of-the-art. There will be new stations with new gas and electrical hookups and new safety eyewash and wash stations, plus all new storage and cupboards for storing chemicals and supplies.”
More upgrades include updating the auditorium and additional wing with LED lighting and improvements could be complete around Aug. 17. The projects are being financed with general funding from both the current 5.9-mill operational levy and a 2.1-mill emergency measure passed around 2015.