Construction on a revamped music wing is under way at the Tonawanda High/Middle School building.
The renovations, which are included as part of the final phase of the district’s $11.9 million capital project, will give students larger, more acoustically friendly rooms in which to perform.
The Tonawanda City Board of Education heard an update about construction progress during its meeting Tuesday night.
The renovated music wing will include updated band and choral rooms, each of which was installed with special sound isolators in the walls to prevent noise from reaching the hallway.
The final phase of construction began in mid-January and is expected to continue through the rest of the school year.
Contractors have built separations between their work and regular school space to avoid distractions to students.
In addition to the music wing, the final construction phase includes a renovated Tonawanda High/Middle School entrances near the parking lot and bus loop. The telecommunication system at some district buildings is also being installed. The centerpiece of the $11.9 million construction project was the new Clint Small Stadium on the high school campus.
In other news, Superintendent James P. Newton said the district has sent out requests for proposals to architects to design a potential single elementary campus. District officials have recently begun discussing consolidating Tonawanda’s three elementary buildings into a single school as projected enrollment continues to drop through the end of this decade.
Newton asked any board members or residents to contact him if they had any preferred architects they would like to see considered in the process.
The district is earmarking Fletcher Elementary as the sole campus if the plan moves forward, which would require another capital project to retrofit the building for more students, as well as approval by the state Education department and City of Tonawanda residents.