School may be out for summer for the students, but the staff in the Washington School District are hard at work on multiple improvement projects to be completed by the time school begins again in the fall.
Major renovations to Stewart Elementary happened last summer with the reconstruction of their office area. This summer, janitorial staff are cleaning and preparing for students. Stewart will be adding a fourth section of preschool to hold all 86 students registered and a sixth classroom of kindergartners as the numbers have climbed to 125 students registered.
No additional construction was needed for the classrooms, as the preschool class is for half-day students and will occupy the room when the other half-day class is not using it. The kindergartners will now be in a room that was not being used during the last school year.
Students at Lincoln Elementary will get the benefit of sunlight this year as all new windows are being added to the front and back of the building, thanks to a grant from the Riverboat Foundation. Additionally, new sidewalks are being poured and a fence will be installed around the outdoor area beginning Wednesday, July 10.
Washington Community Schools Superintendent Willie Stone said a similar fencing project was done at Stewart Elementary last year and that it was purely for safety reasons. The new fencing will keep students and playground equipment, such as balls, on the grounds and prevent them from running in the street. Sections of the roofs at Lincoln and Stewart are being looked at for necessary repairs as well.
Down the street at Washington Middle School, sidewalks are getting a makeover to make student access to the building easier and the nurses station received a face-lift as well. A door for privacy has been added and access to the sick room will now be available through the nurses room instead of a door in the hallway. The gym floors also will be resurfaced before the upcoming school year.
Horticulture classes will begin at Washington High School this fall as a new greenhouse has taken shape in the back of the building. Stone said it was purchased with a Riverboat Foundation Grant and was built with the help of students and staff both.
The building was put together in the spring, after contemplation on where to have it installed to be able to access the most sunlight. Progress still is being made, but is expected to be completed by fall for students to use and learn in.