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August 1, 2013

First phase of renovations complete at Hopkins Elementary


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“That was simply to allow more development and completion, and to move construction matter out of the way,” said Randolph.
He’s hopeful an open house can be scheduled soon, and if not, he said time will be put aside at the beginning of the school year for the open house.
“We will get word to everybody as soon as we possibly can,” said Randolph.
Once students return to school, Randolph said small improvements and upgrades may still be going on “here and there,” but he said those things will not negatively impact the school’s operation.
And once Phase I wraps, Randolph said Phase II will get underway. Randolph said he’s hopeful that phase, which includes the demolition of the school’s 1971 wing, will be completed by the 2014-2015 school year. 
According to the district facilities plan on KDE’s website, the new construction included in Phase II includes the construction of four standard classrooms, one music room, one art room, one science room, and two resource rooms. 
Randolph said the room labeled for science will also serve as a multi-purpose room.
“We wanted to go into it with enough flexibility that, five years in the future ... the current design didn’t restrict the facility,” said Randolph. “Or even 10 years in the future.”
The Hopkins project has been in the works since the spring of 2011, when the facilities plan was initially developed by the Somerset Schools District Facilities Planning Committee — a group made up of teachers, administrators and parents in the district — and was approved by KDE. 
The current, amended plan was submitted and approved by KDE in June of this year. According to the plan, the cost of the renovations total $6,052,085. The new construction included in Phase II of the plan is estimated to be around $1,855,136. 
The school district has qualified for federal, no-interest bonds to help fund parts of the project. 

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