Local public schools continue construction projects

MARQUETTE — One local school district is continuing to undertake a number of different projects across the district.

MAPS has started a couple of big projects that were approved in a multi–million dollar bond that was passed last spring.

One of these is adding additional gym space to Marquette Senior High School, which school officials say will help student–athletes coordinate practice schedules. Additionally, the district is adding classrooms to some of their elementary schools due to rising enrollment numbers.

“Second biggest project in our bond, really we’ve had the luxury of having an influx of more elementary students over the last couple of years, so we’ve run out of elementary classroom space to the point where we converted computer labs into elementary classroom,” said Bill Saunders, MAPS Superintendant. “With that continue enrollment we needed to add elementary classroom space, so 7 classrooms onto Superior Hills Elementary, 2 classrooms onto Cherry Creek Elementary.”

A new roof is in the works for the Bothwell Middle School gym, after a severe windstorm severely damaged it a couple weeks ago.

Saunders said the roof was still under warranty and insured by their insurance provider.