Finishing touches on first referendum projects being completed

School District of Waukesha buildings are even more secure — and just in time for students to return to the hallways in a few days.

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WAUKESHA — School District of Waukesha buildings are even more secure — and just in time for students to return to the hallways in a few days.

As part of the first round of projects attached to last November’s approved facilities referendum, safety upgrades at SDW buildings are almost complete.

Back in November, district voters approved a $60 million referendum for several facilities needs, including updating safety and security components, learning environments and the overall infrastructure of district buildings.

Only part of all these projects were scheduled to be completed this summer.

According to the latest Executive Summary Report from the district, all new secure entrance doors have been installed at nine district buildings.

Several of these buildings used to have offices that were adjacent to the main entry, but did not have a door and a vestibule sequence that requires visitors to pass through an office before gaining access to the rest of the building.

Modifications have been made to doors and windows so office staff can have a clear line of sight regarding who is approaching the school.

Four buildings required relocating spaces adjacent to the front doors to make room for the offices.

In the last few days before school, the installation of new kitchen equipment at Bethesda Elementary will be completed.

The last doors and hardware in buildings will be put up and final inspections will take place before the turnover of the completed projects.

Construction on more of the referendum projects related to Horning, Butler and Les Paul middle schools, as well as South High School, are scheduled to take place in the spring of 2020.

A majority of school buildings built between 1950 and 1975 had not seen any major updates since that time. This includes any updates to floors and ceilings, heating and cooling systems, fire alarms and emergency systems.

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