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Mayor Karl Dean and Council Member Anthony Davis joined Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register and Board members Gracie Porter and Ed Kindall for a tour of the renovation needs for Stratford STEM Magnet High School.
Mayor Dean has proposed $20 million for needed renovations at Stratford, just part of a $100 million plan for capital spending to improve Metro Schools. Renovations at Stratford would include upgrades to HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and lighting systems, many of which are original to the building. The school would also receive a new entry way and all energy efficient windows throughout. Most classrooms would receive drop ceilings to improve insulation and acoustics, as well as replacements for built-in cabinet work. Any settlement cracks would be repaired, as well as broken pavement and brickwork.
The current HVAC system does not dehumidify the school or provide air conditioning for hallways. Old single-pane windows often cannot keep classroom climates appropriate for students, leaving some classrooms unused. All renovations would be LEED certified to make the school more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
Stratford covers more than 200,000 square feet over 30 acres and hasn’t received any renovations since 1988. The proposed $20 million renovations would update the school to match its forward looking focus on science, technology, engineering, and math.
To learn more about the capital spending proposal and how you can help support it with the Metro Council, visit our blog: onpubliceducation.com/category/budget/