As the Millcreek School District continues to dig it's way out of a $4 million deficit, tonight, the school board approved the first round of bids for renovations at McDowell High School.
"These are critical upgrades that are going to in some cases fail us if we don't do anything in the next several years," said Millcreek School District Superintendent William Hall. "So they're really important."
The district was originally considering a $104 million renovation project of McDowell High School. But due to the deficit that they are currently dealing with, those plans fell through. Now, the Millcreek School Board has a $20 million bond that must be used on construction projects.
Thomas DelFratte---the district's new temporary director of operations---explains why.
"Bond issues are made for long term investments and in this particular case, construction," said DelFratte. "We are going to try to take a look at some other areas outside of McDowell, and Chestnut Hill, and Grandview, that we'll be able to utilize, but still for construction and renovations of the district."
Some of the McDowell renovations include walkway restorations, student locker replacements, and a replacement of turf on Gus Anderson Field.
The school board also approved setting $874,000 in bond money aside to replace Grandview Elementary School's roof and for classroom renovations at Chestnut Hill Elementary School.
The renovations are expected to begin on June 20.