G-C wraps up construction campaign

G-C Superintendent Harold Olin.

GREENFIELD — Students and staff at Greenfield-Central schools are enjoying enhancements made at all eight schools in the district last year.

The school system added a new greenhouse, weight room and two music rooms at the high school, a new auxiliary gym at the junior high school and upgraded several parking lots and heating and cooling systems at multiple buildings.

In 2018, the school board contracted an outside group to assist in evaluating the school facilities. The list led the school board to prioritizing the needs and taking out a $15 million bond to complete them within roughly a one-year period starting in October 2019.

Superintendent Harold Olin said the projects offered much-needed upgrades throughout the buildings.

“We really made a point to touch all eight of our facilities,” he said.

“We increased our efficiency with some HVAC boilers, chillers and control systems. We made some general improvements to roofs, parking lots, restrooms and locker rooms. We also added some security to a few facilities, such as the new secured entry at Weston Elementary and new surveillance cameras at the junior high school. We really did a little bit of everything on this particular project,” said Olin, who said the high school auditorium is next on the wish list for upgrades.

A study is now underway to assess what enhancements can be made to the 900-seat auditorium, to keep it functional and up-to-date.

“We’re interviewing some architectural firms to get a sense for what their recommendations would be,” Olin said this week.