Our Opinion: Elementary! Educators pursue practical, incremental school renovation plan

The Jefferson City Board of Education went to school Monday night.

And the lesson that was reinforced — one school board members already have learned and practiced — is that accomplishment can be incremental as well as comprehensive.

Board members toured a refurbished South Elementary School, the most recent in a series of summer renovation projects for the public schools.

The district maintains and operates 11 elementary schools, in addition to middle schools, a high school and other educational and administrative facilities.

Although some of those buildings are dated — South was built in 1954 — money for wholesale renovations of older facilities was not available.

As an alternative, the board and administration decided on an incremental approach.

The plan to use operational funds to renovate one elementary school each summer now has concluded its third year.

South School’s renovation, at a cost of about $2.1 million, follows similar projects at Belair and North elementary schools, each at a cost of $1.8 million.

Next on the list is West Elementary School. Planning for that summer project already has begun.

In additional to comprehensive cosmetic renovations, a heating and air conditioning system replaced window units at South School and safety and security were enhanced.

Common sense dictates aging structures must be repaired and renovated to remain functional.

Credit the Jefferson City school district board and administration for devising and executing a practical, incremental program to enhance elementary education.


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