ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — As summer comes to a close, so too does the window for the Anchorage School District to complete summer construction projects before doors re-open for students on August 20.
Over the summer, 28 capital planning and construction projects worth a total of $44 million were underway at ASD facilities.
ASD Capital Planning & Construction Director Thomas Fenosoff said that unlike schools in the lower 48, there's a small window of roughly 100 days for the ASD to complete its summer construction jobs.
As of Monday, according to the ASD Summer Construction Project Status, all projects are not only running on time but are also on budget.
"Of the 28 projects that we have going on now most are ready to be completed by the time school starts," Fenoseff said.
The most expensive project is the roof and seismic upgrades for West High School, projected to cost over $10 million.
"We have eight roof projects this year, and when we're working on roof projects, we're not in the school," Fenoseff said. "Most of that inside work that needed to be done is already done, and any roof projects due to the safety of students and staff are done outside of school hours and on the weekends."
When it comes to future bonds for ASD, Fenoseff said that the district is focused on only pushing for essential upgrades by focusing on roofs, boilers and things related to safety and security of buildings.