Gilbert Public Schools prepares for summer renovations

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Parking lot renovations and major work at Mesquite and Highland high schools mark the Gilbert Public Schools’ capital plans for the summer, district officials said at the May 28 governing board meeting.

The district plans to make more than $8.7 million in upgrades throughout its boundaries, according to Maintenance and Operations Director Albert Dutchover.

Mesquite High School will get the most extensive work, including on restrooms, the south parking lot, the auditorium, flooring, interior painting, roofing and upgrading the former cafe food space into multipurpose space. The tab for the work will be nearly $3.5 million, Dutchover said.

Highland will get nearly $1.4 million in work, including on restrooms, portable renovations, auditorium seating, central plant pump upgrades and exterior painting.

Greenfield Elementary School also will have parking lot and bus lane work done at a cost of $568,000.

Other projects are scattered throughout the district and include conversion of computer labs at seven schools into classroom space, additional work on 10 parking lots, energy management system control upgrades at four schools, portable upgrades at Meridian Elementary School and Gilbert High School, flooring projects at four schools and athletic facilities work at four schools. The cost for those projects will be nearly $3.3 million.

The projects will be funded through bond sales, including some from the most recent issue this spring, Business Services Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Betz said.

In other actions

Additionally, the board approved performance-based compensation for District Superintendent Shane McCord, as set forth in his contract. The board gave McCord his review in executive session before the public meeting.

Board members approved the compensation on a 4-0 vote with board members Jill Humpherys, Sheila Uggetti and Charles Santa Cruz offering public praise of McCord’s performance.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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