Three Springfield middle schools are getting a makeover this summer.
A $45 million Massachusetts School Buildings Authority grant is funding renovations at Duggan, Balliet, and Kiley Middle Schools. Springfield’s Mayor and Schools Superintendent toured the three schools Thursday.
“We have had over 25 major renovations projects, with new windows and doors, and you can see the backdrop here at Kiley,” said Springfield Schools Superintendent, Dan Warwick. “All through the district, we really improved the infrastructure of our buildings. which was ignored for years.”
In addition to the new windows and doors, the renovations include changes to the buildings’ entrances. When students come back to school August 27th, they’ll have a brand new auditorium. Crews from the Sheriff’s office are putting in more than 650 new chairs. The flooring is also being replaced.
“I’m excited for the students to come in and see this place,” said Mark Delude, Assistant Principal at Kiley Middle School. “This will also be an asset to the community as a way to showcase Kiley Middle School.”
Superintendent Warwick told 22News the major renovation work will be finished by the start of the school year. Warwick said they hope to rebuild the Homer and Brightwood elementary schools, once the middle school renovations are complete.