Face-lift on the way for Merced's Alicia Reyes School

Upgrades to focus on classrooms, tech capabilities; last of bond funds will cover projects

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comApril 30, 2013 

— Alicia Reyes School is due for an "extreme makeover" this summer.

The elementary school at 123 S. N St. will get a new roof and 22 classrooms will receive new flooring and cabinets. Cabling will facilitate technology upgrades at the school, built about 25 years ago.

Reyes School will benefit from the last available funding from the Measure S bond issue passed nearly a decade ago. The renovations will be done this summer and finished by the time fall classes begin.

The combined upgrades will cost $415,900, said Greg Spicer, associate superintendent for administrative services of the Merced City School District.

Legacy Roofing and Waterproofing of Sacramento received a contract for $97,900 to install the roof. Materials for the roofing bought from a cooperative purchasing group will cost an additional $100,000, Spicer said.

Iomlan Construction of Turlock was the low bidder at $172,000 to replace the cabinets, sinks and flooring at the school; an additional $46,000 is earmarked for the cabling project.

Seven construction firms submitted bids of as much as $249,500 to undertake the project.

Reyes Principal Irma Ayala-Olson said the construction marks an exciting time for the school.

"We're due; I'm excited," Ayala-Olson said. "It's definitely much needed. When the kids come back they will be excited to enter new classrooms."

Ayala-Olson said the renovations will be pleasing to the eye and they will help teachers make better use of instructional materials in their classrooms. She is winding up her second year as principal of the south Merced school.

Because Reyes School was built in 1988-89, it qualifies for modernization funding through the Measure S bond, said Kraig Magnussen, the district's chief operations officer. He expects the projects to take six weeks to two months, but they will be done by the fall.

Spicer said the roofing project is preventive, to remedy leaks before the roof deteriorates more.

Reporter Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or dyawger@mercedsunstar.com.

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