Caroline kicks off school renovation
Madison Elementary School Principal Scott Belako says his students are eager for bulldozers to come to the school and frequently ask him when that will happen.
They know their school will soon be under construction for a planned renovations and addition that will bring the school into the 21st century.
Caroline County officials held a groundbreaking Friday to kick off the construction, which is expected to begin in July.
The $4 million project was part of a $25 million bond referendum approved by an overwhelming 81 percent of Caroline voters last November.
“What we’re really doing is turning the corner, turning the page,” said Floyd Thomas, chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
“This is going to be a wonderful time for Caroline. We’re going to make sure our future is bright and keep moving forward.”
George Spaulding, the chairman of the School Board, talked about how the project is a community effort.
“We really appreciate what the community did,” he said. “They sent out a message that they wanted their schools better.”
Belako said they are excited to provide the students with “modern facilities they can be proud of.”
Schools Superintendent Greg Killough called it “one of the most exciting projects” in the county.
The planned work includes constructing a new secured entrance with an expanded entrance into the school, an expanded cafeteria, new classrooms, new computer labs, a new media center, a new paved bus drop-off/pick-up area and a new parking lot that’s paved.
There will be 14,000 square feet added to the building, and the school division had to acquire 6.9 acres of land.
The school will be able to expand its capacity to 550 students.
Madison was originally built in the 1950s and renovated in 2004.
The project is a few weeks behind schedule. The building design is about 85 percent complete, and the purchase of property needed to complete the new bus loop has been finalized.
The project will be advertised for bids June 11, with bids received by July 10 and presented to the School Board on July 14.
Work will begin in late July and be completed by August 2015.
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413