20/20 Vision Drives Structural Improvements To Support Academic Excellence
Superintendent Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton’s 20/20 Vision continues to drive structural improvements that support academic excellence. Schools across the District have received necessary upgrades with funding from the $108 million bond referendum approved by residents. Projects that have been completed include: renovated state-of-the-art auditoriums at Columbus School and Edward Williams School. Interior renovations and site work at the Graham School included the creation of a science lab, a play area, a soccer field and basketball court, planting beds and walkways. At the Performing Visual Arts Magnet School (Nellie Thornton High School) Roof repairs, new dance studio, new experimental theater are complete. In addition a renovation of a state-of-the-art 1700 seat auditorium, renovated bathrooms and exterior site renovations are underway.
Projects currently in construction include a two-story 12 classroom addition at The Pennington School, and IT and security updates at Graham, Pennington, Thornton and the Education Center. Work is also underway at the Mount Vernon STEAM Academy creating a library/media center. The renovations of fields at both Pennington and Mount Vernon High School are also in the works.
Future projects funded through the bond include the addition of 7th grade science rooms at Traphagen and Grimes, two schools at which Dr. Hamilton’s vision for Pre-K through Grade 8 learning will soon come to fruition, as well as renovations to the Nelson Mandela School. Additionally, the MV STEAM Academy will receive exterior restorations and interior renovations; and demolition and sitework will take place at the Grimes School annex.
Pictured above: The new Media Center at The Pennington School Addition