FARMINGTON — The Farmington Municipal School District's Board of Education has approved about $5 million for four projects on the district's facility master plan.
The funds cover $1.78 million for gym renovations at Hermosa Middle School, $1 million for a new weight room at Piedra Vista High School, $425,000 for an additional walk-in freezer at the district's central kitchen facility and about $1.8 million in district-wide security upgrades. The board approved the funds during Thursday's board meeting.
The district has about $10 million in surplus funds from the 2010 and 2014 bonds sold for capital projects, said Ted Lasiewicz, the district's chief of operations.
He said the surplus enables the district to renovate the gym at Hermosa Middle School. That project was not included in the original $18.4 million approved for renovations at the school.
The middle school, located at 1500 E. 25th St., is currently under renovation, and the campus is scheduled to re-open for the 2015-2016 school year. During construction this year, staff and students are being housed at the old Tibbetts Middle School building on Apache Street.
"It is really old and beat-up," Lasiewicz said of Hermosa Middle School's gym. "All the restrooms and bathrooms have to be gutted, and the plumbing and pipes are leaking underground."
The gym renovation will include replacing the flooring and the heating and air conditioning systems.
Lasiewicz said the district investigated constructing a new weight room at Piedra Vista after parents and teachers in previous school bard meetings expressed concerns over the current weight room.
"They really have a jammed weight room for classes," Lasiewicz said.
The $1.8 million in security upgrades will cover the purchase of additional handheld radios for district employees and Enhanced 911, or E-911, upgrades for district phones to allow an emergency call to be traced to the room in which the call was made.
Other security measures covered by the funding include installing access control systems and electronic door locks.
With new federal nutritional standards being implemented this school year, Lasiewicz said the district needs more freezer space for storage as fewer canned foods are used in meals.
"I'm very happy things have worked out well budgetary," Lasiewicz said.