Clay County Schools are moving forward with two building projects.
The projects include upgrades to Hermitage Springs and the Celina K-8 buildings. Both schools should see electrical switch gears replaced and renovations to bathrooms. In addition, window replacement is being considered at Hermitage Springs, along with kitchen upgrades at K-8.
According to Alan Hill of Upland Design, the project’s architect, the switch gears are important to keep in good shape.
“One of the concerns with the switch gear is if that piece of equipment fails,” Hill said, “it’s months to replace. It’s not something that’s available off the shelf, so it would have to be ordered and the building would be out of service for quite a while.”
While both schools have a need for renovations, Hill said the age of the K-8 building is reaching a critical point.
“That building is reaching an age where some of those primary systems are wearing out,” Hill said.
Hill outlined different options for significant upgrades to the building, including a proposed addition, moving library and office spaces, and moving the kitchen facilities.