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Summer School Construction Projects

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School is out so construction is underway on local SD2 campuses. Most of the elementary and middle schools are getting work done.

"We have to make hay when the sun shines and the summer is a precious time for us,” said Lew Anderson, SD2 bond project manager. “I think we have like 47 construction days. This is our seventh day already. We only have 40 days left."

Anderson says there are a little more than 50 projects going on this summer as a part of SD2’s deferred maintenance program. At Will James Middle School, they are replacing mechanical equipment, windows, and the roof.

In 2009, the state assessed Billings Public Schools deferred maintenance needs.

"They found that the Billings Public Schools was in need of about 120 million dollars worth of deferred maintenance,” Anderson said. “So what we did is we took that and we identified the most critical projects."

They narrowed it down to $36 million in projects that was passed on the bond. The projects they're working on are something students can get excited about.

"For sure it's going to be more comfortable as far as the temperature differential between the middle of the room and the edge of the room,” Anderson said. “We had the old 1960 vintage windows here, single pane windows. We’re putting them in with state of the art double pane solar shield, very high efficient windows."

Another project is the new high school security system. This past year, elementary and middle schools got a new system and high schools are expected to get card access entry by early fall. Anderson also says construction on McKinley and Broadwater schools are on schedule and making good progress.