Construction to begin when school wraps up

By Erica Quednau | equednau@wcia.com

Published 05/20 2014 03:57PM

Updated 05/20 2014 05:18PM

URBANA -- As students get ready to leave school for the summer, workers are getting ready to go in. They'll fix up buildings throughout District 116. Little things, here and there, will be addressed to make sure schools stay well-maintained. In total, it's costing the district about $500,000.

It's money which will help kids just focus on classwork. For example, King Elementary is getting a new sidewalk to help stop flooding problems. The sidewalk on the side of the building drains water into classrooms when it rains. Sometimes students are forced to leave and learn someplace else.

Other projects include replacing partition walls at Prairie and Thomas Paine, new carpet at Leal, plus the middle- and high-schools.

Another big project is happening at Wiley. This winter, the district made a new student drop-off area and they've been watching to see how it's been working. They'll use that information to make a permanent solution for next year.

Technology is also on the agenda with about $250,000 going toward upgrading computers throughout the district.

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