Blythewood Area Schools Slated for Improvements

At its regular bi-weekly meeting Feb. 12, the Richland 2 School Board approved the issuance of $11 million of general obligation bonds to fund the Budget for Capital Improvements for the 2013-2014 year that will be paid for by the 8 percent Bond Fund. April Lucas, an attorney with the advising legal firm of Nexsen Pruet, told the Board that “it is a good time to issue bonds, as the rate for tax-exempt bonds are expected to go up later in the year.”

Eight Blythewood area schools were funded for the following projects:

Blythewood Academy: $89,000 for new flooring in the auditorium and re-roofing the gym;

Blythewood High: $4,100 to re-buff the gym floor;

Blythewood Middle: $42,600 to rebuff gym floors, build an outdoor classroom and create a media center design;

Kelly Mill Middle: $67,000 to carpet, paint, re-buff gym floors, add a sidewalk and upgrade the reception area;

Bethel-Hanberry Elementary: $35,000 to upgrade its playground equipment;

Langford Road Elementary: $2,500 to tint the cafeteria windows;

Lake Carolina Elementary: $70,000 to re-carpet 20 classrooms;

Round Top Elementary: will receive $24,000 to re-carpet administrative space equal to seven classrooms.

District wide, nearly $6 Million will be used for computer technology.

Mueller Road Middle School is not slated for improvements due to its recent new construction. The most significant recipient of school improvements was the continuing improvements for athletic facilities to Richland Northeast for $922,000. All projects are expected to be completed the next school year.