Exciting changes are taking place at East Middle School! Contractors have started work on the building’s renovations and new construction. Workers can be seen on site clearing soil as they prepare to install underground electrical and plumbing ahead of pouring the foundation for the school’s new addition.
Funding for the project comes from both bond and grant dollars. In 2019, Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) awarded APS a $17 million dollar grant. BEST requires that school districts provide a match for project costs. APS is providing a 60 percent match, or about $26.5 million in funds, toward construction.
Through the use of grant and bond funding, East will receive a partial new school building and interior remodeling to many portions of the existing building. The new portion of the school will be a large, two-story structure that will include new classrooms, a cafeteria, library and space for elective programs and administrative offices. The school’s existing art wing, gym building and auditorium will receive remodeling, which will provide aesthetic updates and improve portions of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing inside the school.
These improvements will not only update the flow and functionality throughout the building, but will benefit many of the school’s academic programs. Students and staff members are excited to attend school on the updated site.
Construction on the school’s two-story addition is ongoing and will be ready for students during the 2021-22 school year. The remaining remodeling work is expected to be completed during summer break the following year.
We are grateful for the BEST grant and to the citizens of Aurora who approved a $300 million bond measure in November 2016, allowing us to update our building and improve our learning spaces.
To learn more about bond projects in APS, visit bond.aurorak12.org.