It’s been a busy summer at Barrington schools as Barrington Community Unit School District 220 completed capital improvement projects to make buildings more energy efficient.
Director of Building and Grounds Tom Campagna updated the Board of Education Tuesday on the projects, assuring the board that buildings are ready for the first day of school, Tuesday, Aug. 20.
The district's summer capital improvement projects are all are in the final phase, he said.
“We are doing some finishing touches…in the dance room, other than that, we are ready to go,” Campagna said.
Five schools _ Countryside School, Barbara Rose School, Roslyn Road School, North Barrington School and Barrington High School _ all had energy efficient light replacements in their gym.
The lighting turns on when someone walks into the room and off when people leave or are just using one area, saving electricity, Campagna said.
“Staff is very happy with it. We are brighter and cheaper,” he said.
Campagna hopes to obtain a grant that would return $58,000 to the district for making the upgrades.
Barrington 220 also replaced HVAC units at Barrington Middle School Station Campus and the high school, increasing efficiency, he said.
Other improvements made:
- Carpet removal in one area, replaced with tile
- Security access control upgrade
Barrington High School
- West wing roofing replacement
- Sophomore field renovations
- Security room cooling installation
- Security access control system installation
- Flooring replacement in some areas
- Dance floor replacement
Classrooms and buildings look
good and are ready, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tom Leonard said.