PIEDMONT -- Wildwood Elementary's playground areas need serious attention, principal Carol Cramer told the school board.

While the school's seismic retrofits were completed, "We could not do all the (other) work the first time around, but repairs are needed," Cramer said.

Several school projects of a less serious nature had to be deferred while the district waited for matching state modernization funds and reconciled all the expenses related to seismic upgrades.

The worn asphalt at Wildwood is uneven. The field house, where equipment is stored and also serves as the restroom when children are outdoors, needs painting and repair work. A sinkhole that appeared on the play area was quickly repaired, but a 1,500-foot storm drain that runs under the play area needs a clean-out installed, Cramer said. School officials also hope for more shade trees and perhaps a butterfly garden.

The scope of improvements and their costs will be discussed at an April school board meeting after review by the steering committee. Whatever repairs and improvements are authorized would be done during the summer months, Superintendent Connie Hubbard said at the March 27 board meeting.

Grier Graff, chairman of the Seismic Safety Bond Program Citizen's Oversight Committee, gave a final report to the board that all pertinent finances were in order and all funds spent in accordance with the bond authorization. As of June 30, 2012, the committee's latest reporting period, the district had received $71.6 million in

revenues with expenditures of $67.1 million. The district received $13.1 million in state funds, more than the $12 million originally estimated.


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The district, with the board's approval, submitted its adult education program plan to the state to help ensure the viability of its program should changes occur to program funding in the future. Piedmont's program provides numerous classes, including English, geometry, algebra, computer literacy, world culture and food and nutrition.

School safety: Hubbard also updated the board on safety measures at the schools. Locking gates are being installed at the elementary schools and signs posted. A gate near Ellen Driscoll playhouse off Highland is being considered so that students could use that area during school, which they currently cannot. School gates on Oakland and Bonita avenues also would be locked during school hours.

"There are lots of issues and more discussions," Hubbard said, before final plans are implemented. "People will have to walk a different way than before in some cases."

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