Merced Sun-Star: Major Projects Underway Across City School District

Darden Architect’s projects, Chenoweth and Wright Elementary, were featured by the

Major Projects Underway Across Merced City School District

There’s no such thing as summer “break” when it comes to the hard working crews responsible for giving our students the best possible places to learn. In fact, this is the time of year when facilities projects across the Merced City School District are going full speed ahead in order to accomplish as much as possible while children are away from their campuses. The current projects include major modernization work, the completion of our cutting edge STEAM Center, and the addition of several new solar arrays.

Measure M Modernization Work

Many of our schools are receiving extensive repairs and upgrades thanks to Measure M, which voters approved in 2014. That money allows us to bring our aging elementary and middle school campuses into the 21st century so they meet contemporary academic, technology, and safety standards.

At Chenoweth Elementary, crews are working to complete a project that started last summer. It includes the modernization of 18 classrooms, remodeled restrooms, the complete replacement of a 1965 HVAC system, the addition of two new modular classrooms, and the removal of two old portables that will open up the central quad for outdoor learning and assemblies. You also may notice some of the improvements that were made to the exterior of the campus, including new playground equipment, basketball courts, a safer student loading zone, and an expanded parking lot to ease congestion along Parsons Avenue.

Wright Elementary is receiving similar upgrades, including the modernization of 20 classrooms first constructed in 1946. The rooms will not only have efficient new air conditioning systems, but also insulation, acoustical, and lighting upgrades, plus large magnetic display/marker boards and updated projector systems to help make lessons more engaging. Students and their families also will enjoy a much-improved library, seven completely remodeled restrooms, and later this year, new basketball courts, a new parking and drop-off area, and a new air conditioning system for the cafeteria.

Source:, Sara Sandrik
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