Summer projects ready Kings County schools for influx of students

Nancy Kelly
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School playgrounds get considerable attention over the summer months from AVRSB prperty services staff. 

A long list of school improvement projects have been keeping the Valley school board’s property services staff busy throughout the summer.

“There have been renovations and upgrades taking place in school buildings across the region,” confirmed David Floyd, director of operations for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board. 

While there have been no major renovation projects on the books at  Kings County schools over the summer, other work, including interior painting and preventative maintenance to roofing and ventilation systems has been underway.

Projects also included paving upgrades to bus loops at St. Mary Elementary in Aylesford and Somerset School.

School playgrounds get considerable attention over the summer months as well.

“These structures take a lot of wear and tear and need to be safe,” said Floyd.

Students attending Glooscap Elementary will have an expanded playground, funded by the school’s home and school group, waiting for their arrival. A new swing set has also been installed at Aldershot School over the summer. Indoors, a new climbing wall is being set up in the gymnasium at Gaspereau Valley Elementary School.

While the school board doesn’t fund or build playgrounds, it does maintain them.  Throughout the summer months, repairs are made as needed and fresh pea gravel and new perimeter borders are added around play structures to enhance appearance and safety.

Floyd confirmed upgrades at Dwight Ross Elementary in Greenwood are scheduled to begin after students head back to class.

“The school’s electrical system will get some work, there will be window replacement and some work to the cafeteria,” said Floyd, adding the work will be done without displacing students.

 

Organizations: Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Aylesford and Somerset School, Aldershot School Gaspereau Valley Elementary School

Geographic location: Kings, Greenwood

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