• Summer Work Improves, Cools District 50 Schools

    If temperatures rise during the first couple of weeks of school, thousands of District 50 students won’t even notice.

    State-of-the-art heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems were installed this summer at Sherrelwood, Metz, Fairview, Mesa, and Sunset Ridge Elementary Schools. These schools join Tennyson Knolls, which received HVAC upgrades last summer, in thanking the community for its support of the 2006 Bond. The new HVAC systems are taking the edge of the summer heat.

    In addition, a major building renovation was undertaken and completed this summer at Mesa Elementary.

    These, and other projects, were made possible through the generous support of the District 50 community. Again, our students, staff, and parents thank you for the financial assistance you provided in passing the 2006 Bond.

    “We have a lot of needs in District 50, so we very carefully identified out highest priorities and determined where our money would best be spent,” said Dr. James Duffy, Chief Operating Officer for the District. “It was an incredibly busy summer, but our students and community will be better for it.”

    The addition of new HVAC systems will provide immediate relief for students and staff on hot days and create an improved learning environment. “I think all of us know that it is much harder to concentrate and be productive, when you are uncomfortable,” added Duffy.

    The new HVAC systems will also provide greater flexibility for the District when it plans future calendars and events.

    The renovations at Mesa are dramatic.

    Construction crews remodeled the library and created new walls in parts of the building. In addition, gym lights were replaced and improved.

    Metz Elementary also has a new playground, paid for with grant dollars focused on improving student health.

    Students at Harris Park also have a new gym floor.

    Posted August 21, 2014