School is out, but the work doesn’t stop

This awning over the walkway at Goldonna Elementary School is one of the many upgrades and renovations needed at the school. A bond proposal approved by voters made the renovations possible. Photos by Reed Franklin

By Juanice Gray,

First in a three part series

School may be almost over for the year, but that doesn’t mean things will slow down at Lakeview, Fairview or Goldonna. A bond was passed in spring 2017 and since then, much of the master plan has been complete. Among the school improvements were new HVAC systems in all three Dist. 7 schools, updated lighting, security updates and restroom improvements. School Board members Eugean Garner and Steven Harris sat down with me recently to recap the progress. Goldonna has received the improvements mentioned above as wells as a new front parking lot, walkway covers and a new freezer for the kitchen. The play court, a covered concrete area, still needs basketball goals and electrical power but the “pavilion” portion is complete.

New freezers

“There’s only the punch list items left,” Garner said. Security systems with cameras and real-time monitors in administrative offices are done. The third and fourth grade playground bids have been let. The area will include swings, a walking track and will be covered with wood chips for safety. The school fence is also slated for upgrades. Among the improvements are:

Renovated restrooms
Photos by Reed Franklin

Fairview Alpha: HVAC controls, LED lighting, boiler, chiller overhaul, security system and cameras, sign, fencing and improvements to softball field and playground.

At Goldonna Elementary-Jr. High: heating and AC units in auditorium and gym, LED lighting, security and intercom updates, new tile, replacing carpet, new freezer and kitchen revisions, cover to walkway between office and gym, infrastructure repairs, auditorium roof, covered activity court and playground.

New parking lot

At Lakeview: HVAC controls and LED lighting, chillers, cooling tower, camera and security system, handicap accessibility, improvements in science labs and home ec programs, update restrooms, refinish junior high gym floor, weight room, coaches offices, press boxes, restrooms, locker rooms, convert track to all weather 8-lane track, baseball and softball fences and lighting Garner said the Fairview Alpha property should return to being a community hub once the renovations and additions are added.

Covered walkways

“It’s the only school that doesn’t have public access. The softball field and a walking track will benefit the community. It will again be a place that brings the people together.”