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Watertown City School District is finishing what the superintendent hopes will be the final phase of a capital project that was approved by voters in 2007.

Asbestos abatement and track resurfacing are among the projects to be completed by the end of summer break.

“Some of the work got carried over, and due to the submissions from contractors, we had a little bit of extra money left over,” Superintendent Terry N. Fralick said.

He called the summer work “phase 5B of the project that’s been going on for several years.”

The original $16.3 million capital construction project included a roof replacement at Starbuck Elementary, 10 additional classrooms at Ohio Elementary and a new baseball and softball scoreboard, among other improvements. Nearly all buildings throughout the district received lighting, maintenance and roofing upgrades.

For the project this summer, all of the hallway ceiling tiles at Watertown High School will be replaced for asbestos abatement, new cement steps will be added to Harold T. Wiley Intermediate and at the high school, the track is getting a fresh coat of black pavement and the kitchen is getting a new tile floor.

The driveway and parking lot at Sherman Elementary have been completely dug up to be repaved and have more parking spaces.

Additionally, the construction work on the fencing next to Case Middle School is still in progress. Construction to repair the fencing, which has not had any work done on it for 10 years, began in April. Because of the work being done on it, the adjacent sidewalk on Green Street will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Because the high school is closed off because of the asbestos abatement and various construction work being completed, summer school has been moved to Case Middle School.

“Our goal is to have it done by the beginning of the school year,” Mr. Fralick said.

The first part of the capital project’s fifth phase, to add parking spaces to North Elementary, Knickerbocker Elementary and H.T. Wiley Intermediate, took place last fall.

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