When Bartow Middle School students return to class in a month, they will see that their school on Clower Street has had a facelift.
The concrete pavement walkways at the school’s front will have all been replaced, dated facades removed and the driveways into and out of the school will have been repaved or repaired.
They will also find the school has become more secure, with the addition of new fencing throughout the campus.
According to School District Construction Project Manager Rodney Turner, the $245,000 project kicked off right after school let out and should be completed by the end of July.
Turner said the project was primarily to correct safety issues.
“The concrete walkways were starting to crumble, which was a tripping hazard,” he said.
He also explained that the fencing installation was to create a more secure campus.
“With the new fencing, people won’t be able to just wander on and off the campus,” he said, “They will have to go to the office to register for access to the facilities now.”
Also included in the project, Turner further said, was the construction of new benches where flower boxes had been, an improved drainage system and landscaping.
“The school will look brand new,” said Principal Pamela Henderson. “It is very exciting for all of us to have a new look.”
The work is being performed by Hinkleman Construction of Lakeland and is being funded by district sales tax money.