As part of a $110 million school improvement bond approved by voters in May 2008, Obsidian Junior High School is getting a facelift that is expected to extend the life of the building by at least another 10 to 15 years.
“We have completed replacement of exterior siding, replaced the roof, replaced some boilers, and are currently in the process of updating the heating controls mechanical system,” said Doug Snyder, chief operations officer of the Redmond School District.
The building’s aging cedar siding was replaced with a metal veneer, and the new roof and updated heating system will reduce energy consumption and make the building more comfortable in the winter.
Of the $110 million bond, $10 million was set aside to update some of the school district’s oldest buildings, including Obsidian. According to the school district, six of its schools are more than 40 years old, and two are nearing 90.