School Board approves architectural bid for school renovations

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- District leaders in Eau Claire have voted unanimously to approve a plan to bring in an outside architectural service to make secure updates to more than a dozen school buildings.

The original four year plan has now been condensed into three years. According to the board, the architectural firm would renovate the entrances of 13 schools throughout the district as early as this summer.

Memorial High School, North High School, McKinley Charter School, and Sam Davey Elementary are just some of the buildings that will see changes.

HSR Associates of La Crosse will work with the district in creating safe and secure entrances to the buildings. Three of the buildings will see updates this summer. The remaining 10 will be updated through the next two years, working around the school year and summer school.

“It's going to be a matter of having visibility for the people who are entering. How do we secure the building to make sure that people, who are entering the building, go through a check in process before their allowed access throughout the building?” says Director of Boards and Grounds, Larry Sommerfeld.

All costs for the projects are included in the referendum. It will cost just around $4 million when everything is said and done.

The referendum passed back in November will give the district $5.8 million a year for the next 15 years.

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