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Two Caroline schools due for renovations

Work has started on the major improvements planned for Madison Elementary School in Caroline County. About $4 million in renovations and additions will be completed by next summer.

Crews from J.H. Knighton Lumber Co. began clearing trees on the site that will hold the bus loop. Construction will begin in early August.

The playground equipment has been removed from its current location, but will be moved to its new spot behind the building. It was moved farther from the road.

The school will have a new front entrance, a new administration and guidance area, two new computer labs, a new media center and four new classrooms. There will be a new visitors drop-off/pickup area and expanded parking where the bus loop is located.

A pre-bid meeting was held at Madison on July 1 to allow interested contractors to see the school and site, review the construction plans and meet the people involved with the project.

Nine contractors have expressed interest in the work, according to a press release from the school division.

The contractors’ bids are due Thursday. Construction is expected to begin in early August and be completed by July 2015.

The $21 million project at Caroline High School is in the early stages.

Architects and engineers are entering the detailed stages of planning, after meeting with the school’s faculty and staff for three months.

The school will be expanded to accommodate 1,600 students. That work will take about two years to complete.

The $25 million in renovations at the two schools was approved by Caroline voters in the fall election through a bond referendum.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413