White Sands School will see security and appearance improvements, to include playground equipment and landscaping, thanks to a $65 million bond approved by voters earlier this year.
“We appreciate the community support. Everybody that was able to vote for this and say yes to this, we appreciate their support,” said White Sands School Principal Thomas Bulger.
The improvements for the school will cost approximately $415,000 and are expected to be completed this school year.
According to Bulger, the current intercom and fire alarm systems are older technology and will be upgraded. The upgrades also include the installation of security doors and cameras. The cameras will be installed inside and outside the building.
“We want to make sure that (the students) are safe in any situation,” Bulger said.
Improvements will also include the much anticipated renovated playground equipment and landscaping.
A $180,000 landscaping project, including a new irrigation system, trees, and new grass, has already begun.
“The landscaping was very much in need of improvement here at White Sands School. We have been working on that for a little while and we are very fortunate that that was placed on the bond and that we were able to receive some funds for that,” Bulger said.
According to Dolores Lopez, acting School Liaison Officer, some areas of the playground have been blocked off by security tape due to the work on the landscape, but students can still use the playground equipment.
“We are hoping to see as little disruption as possible in the students’ day,” Lopez said.
A total of $150,000 has been allotted for the new playground equipment. Bulger said he expects the installation of the playground equipment to follow the landscaping work. All other work is expected to be completed during the school year.