As another school year quickly approaches, so does the expected completion date for major renovations to a local elementary school.
Boyd Randolph, superintendent of Somerset Independent Schools, said on Monday that Phase I of a renovation project to Hopkins Elementary School, located in downtown Somerset and serving around 650 students, is nearing completion.
“It’s looking good,” said Randolph. “A lot of work has been done and there’s still work to be done.”
Randolph said most of the major renovation work to the school, which has been in use since the mid-1950s, should be wrapping up by the first day back for students, scheduled for Aug. 7.
“The contractors and subcontractors have all been very (good) ... they communicate openly and freely with us,” said Randolph. “My one position was, if they needed to change plans, our families needed to know that well in advance.”
Randolph has stayed up-to-date on the project thanks to frequent planning sessions, one of which was held on Monday morning.
The renovation work slated to wrap up soon includes improvements to floors, walls, ceilings, upgrades to lighting, renovations to the schools bathrooms — including some plumbing improvements — and more.
The school district’s facilities plan, located on the Kentucky Department of Education website, lists those improvements, along with upgrades to the HVAC and electrical systems and the school’s technology, and improvements to the school’s roof.
“There’s nothing left in the scope of work that should keep us from opening the school,” said Randolph, who noted the school’s maintenance staff spent the past weekend polishing the school’s floors for the new school year.
Randolph said the school’s teachers were encouraged “just this week” to access their classrooms and ready those rooms for students. He said an open house — a time where parents and guardians can interact with teachers in preparation for the upcoming school year — has not yet been officially scheduled.