Entrances to change at some Clover schools

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comMarch 5, 2013 

— Renovations being done this summer by Clover School District will be noticeable and could make schools safer.

The Clover school board Monday night saw renderings for some of the upcoming projects for seven of the district’s 10 schools. Much of the work will be in the pick-up and drop-off areas or the main office.

Crowders Creek, Bethel, Bethany, Griggs Road and Kinard elementaries and Clover Middle will see front sidewalk canopies extended for use during drop-off and pick-up. Clover High School may have similar work done where students exit the building toward the athletic fields and track.

“Over the summer, we’re doing some work on the canopy to keep the rain off the kids,” said board member Sherri Ciurlik. “It’s all pretty normal, but it’ll be nice to have in September or October when it gets cold and rainy.”

While the canopies will be convenient, Ciurlik said, office work at Bethel and Griggs Road schools is about securing entrances.

Crowders Creek Elementary also will see it’s entrances secured. However, Crowders Creek Elementary includes larger-scale projects, including building a new, centralized administrative office to replace the two on either end of the current school. The existing offices will be renovated for classroom and special education use. Crowders once housed two separate schools, an elementary and middle, creating the need for separate offices. The work, however, won’t begin until January.

Other district projects include the ongoing replacement of existing school signs with LED, digital marquees at Clover Middle and Clover High, and some exterior aesthetic improvements at Bethel.

“The canopy projects will start immediately after school lets out in June and will have a projected completion date of October,” said Mychal Frost, the district’s public information officer.

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