Renovation funding approved for Carson Valley Middle School |

Renovation funding approved for Carson Valley Middle School

Amy Alonzo

Improvements at Carson Valley Middle School are slated to start in May once abatement work is completed.

The Douglas County School Board on Tuesday approved nearly $3 million in funding for renovations to the aging facility. The school opened in the late 1950s and served as Carson Valley's high school until 1975.

The $2.98 million renovation project was awarded to Reno-based CORE Construction and the $86,000 contract for abatement work was awarded to Diversified Demolition Company, also of Reno.

Renovations focus on security and safety at the school, including creating a single point of entry, increased exterior lighting, reconfiguration of the front parking lot and the addition of perimeter fencing.

"We're trying to do a one way traffic flow pattern and expand the parking lot," Superintendent Teri White said following the meeting. In addition, the perimeter fencing that will close off the east side of the parking area will "secure the access of folks coming in the building."

According to the middle school's website, "The upgrade places an emphasis on school security and safety as the front parking lot reconfiguration and single point of school access are the larger, but not the exclusive, components of the upgrade."

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The work is the first phase of renovations slated for the school. Other projects included in the first phase are Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades to the nurse's and administrative offices, repairs to the gym floor and fire alarm and sprinkler upgrades A timeline and list of second-phase work has not yet been identified, Douglas County Project Manager Scott McCullough said.

"This project was challenging because there is so much to do at the school," he said.

The bulk of the work is set to take place between June and August, according to the school's website. The new entrance should be completed by the start of the 2017-18 school year, McCullough told board members.