Major, minor projects finished at Hampton School District
Each of the facilities of Hampton Township School District received some type of update, renovation or replacement, including carpeting, painting, or cleaning, according to an update from Rick Farino, supervisor of building and grounds.
At the high school, Farino said they have finished installing the security vestibule at the front entrance, which provides school personnel better control of visitor entry.
“It's another level of security,” said Farino.
Originally proposed to cost between $30,000 to $40,000, Farino said district staff's help allowed completion in time and under budget at a cost of between $17,000 to $18,000.
“We did a lot of the work in house,” said Farino.
Another savings came through CannonDesign, which provided the design and bidding specifications without charging a fee for architecture or design.
The high school's 1969 chorus room got a revamping, removing risers to make more room. Farino said the school personnel indicated they're excited for the new look.
The middle school had major exterior cleaning, said Farino, And blue accent walls were painted in the seventh-grade rooms.
“Teachers really like it. It brightens it up and gives a more homey feeling,” said Farino.
The music rooms received new blinds and organized shelving for instruments. That school's parking lot also had some line repainting.
Central Elementary received 16 new area rugs for classrooms, some painting, as well new drinking fountains, he said.
Poff Elementary had a tree removed from outside and a new third-grade classroom was created. Farino said there were more than 70 extra desks at Poff and the district is looking for donation options, including possibly sending them hurricane damaged school districts in Texas.
A STEAM studio is in place at Poff Elementary, as well.
Another unique addition is that they framed Poff's original United States flag, which is now on display at the building. Dated from late 1950s or early '60s, “it's a great historical representation of Poff,” Loughead said.
Wyland Elementary's ongoing roof replacement has finished its third and final phase, making a completely new roof. The Wyland roofing project, being done by PA Roofing, was budgeted for $265,000, according to previous board meeting reports. VEBH Architects providing project design and other work. The former roof was from the 1990s.
Farino said a 20-year warranty will also be included.
Wyland also received new paint in the fifth-grade hallway and a new fountain near the gymnasium. And some concrete repair was done in the front and rear walkways.
Finally, a new sign adorns the entrance of the main district building, said Farino.
Loughead said they got a lot done over the year and were particularly impressed by the captured vestibule, since a lot of it was done in-house.
“It looks extremely professional. You did it on-time and under budget,” he said.
Farino said they were challenged by a small staff so they did have to do some overtime and Saturdays. But got it accomplished.
Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.