Restoration approved for burned science building | Lifestyle – California News

Restoration approved for burned science building | Lifestyle – California News

The Elk Grove school board on July 25 approved a $1.7 million restoration of the science building at James Rutter Middle School.

Fire investigators believe that an arsonist torched that building and damaged nearby structures during the early morning of April 6. The suspect remains at large.

“I’ll never forget the call that evening,” recalled Rob Pierce, the district’s facilities and planning superintendent, when he spoke to the board on July 25.

The fire broke out a few days before Rutter’s Spring Break vacation. Classes were shifted to other buildings on campus after the students returned to school.

Pierce noted that the damaged buildings that are adjacent to the science wing have been restored. He also said that his staff plans to rebuild the old science wing into a general classroom building, while a new science building will be constructed.

Measure M funds will also be used to replace aging portable classrooms at Rutter. District staff earlier identified $31.5 million worth of improvements at the campus over the next 10 years, which could be funded by Measure M.

Voters last November approved that $476 million general obligation bond to renovate aging campuses across the school district. This summer, they are repairing roofs at several schools, and installing synthetic turf at track & field facilities in five high schools.

The Elk Grove school board approved a $1.7 million contract with McCuen Construction to restore the science wing when they voted on their meeting’s consent agenda.

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