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The dust has settled

New and remodeled rooms at Dixon High, Jefferson Elementary open for public view Saturday

Construction at Dixon High School included new windows. Tours of the building will be held Saturday.
Construction at Dixon High School included new windows. Tours of the building will be held Saturday.

DIXON – The dust has settled at Dixon High School and Jefferson Elementary, and now that construction is over, the public is invited to see what’s new and exciting during open houses Oct. 26.

Tours will start at 10 a.m. at Jefferson and at 1 p.m. at Dixon High School.

Nearly $27 million of construction and renovation work, done in a 2-year span, is completed.

The projects were budgeted for $21 million in 2017, with $6.85 million more tacked on later for masonry, plaster and paint work along interior surfaces, as well as stage rigging structure work at the high school auditorium. 

At the high school, 45 new geothermal heating and cooling wells were installed, and now all areas of the 90-year-old structure have heating and air conditioning.

Minor tweaks will be completed this week, Assistant Principal Jared Shaner said.

The school’s northwest parking lot was torn up to install the wells, and work on redoing the lot was done by the time students returned to school.

At the high school, 45 new geothermal heating and cooling wells were installed, and now all areas of the 90-year-old structure have heating and air conditioning.

Repairs to the high school’s north wing and cafeteria also were made, as well as locker room remodels at Lancaster Gymnasium, an update to a life skills classroom, new windows in the athletics wing, and the creation of a new science classroom. 

Nearly $4 million went to a new gym, geothermal wells and elevator at Jefferson.

Construction of the gym went quicker than expected in the first 6 months, and includes four bathrooms, three storage rooms, a kitchen and an electrical and mechanical room.

The old gym has been expanded and converted into a lunch room, and the old cafeteria now is a classroom. The former kitchen has been split into the new teacher’s lounge and a classroom.

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