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Fulton School Construction Projects Near Completion

The two major construction projects that have been reshaping Fulton city schools for the last few years are nearly complete.

The $23.7 million project approved in 2007 is down to a couple of minor issues, according to a district official, while the $3.85 million 2009 capital project’s general contracting work is 99% complete.

Both projects took advantage of extra state aid for certain types of construction projects.

State aid covered 97% of the 2007 project and nearly all of the 2009 project.

The projects focused on several areas, including student safety, security improvements, energy efficiency, expanding the use of technology, access for students with disabilities, heating, food service and athletic facilities.

One of the centerpieces of the 2007 project was the rebuilding of the district’s athletic complex stadium, a project that suffered several setbacks and forced some sports teams to play entire seasons on the road.

The projects also resulted in new roofs, a renovated wing and entrance of the high school, and a rebuilt wing of Lanigan Elementary School, among other things.

“It’s moving right on track,” said administrator Jerry Seguin, the man overseeing the construction projects.

And a parallel project aimed at increasing energy efficiency is continuing.

Siemens recently signed a new contract with the district to extend its long-running project to make school buildings use less energy.

The initial ten-year project saved the district $2.6 million. Siemens guarantees the amount of savings and is paid from the money saved.

The new project aims to shave another $3 million in energy costs over 18 years.

Some pieces of the project — such as new boilers in the high school and a new, energy-saving cover for the swimming pool at Granby Elementary — are already in place.

Seguin said that lighting upgrades will continue to be installed through the winter after school hours and a host of other improvement are also in process.

“It’s like a snowball rolling downhill,” said Seguin of the speed with which the project is moving forward.