WESTPORT — Three capital projects at town schools, with a price tag totaling $1.4 million, were unanimously approved this week by the Board of Education.

At Staples High School, a $1.2 million upgrade to the swimming pool, the pool lockers and gym locker room is planned. Both the boys and girls locker rooms will receive new pool lockers, flooring, ceiling tiles and showers. The boys gym locker room will be renovated as well. The pool area and the bleachers will get new flooring, a glass wall, trim, paint and seating.

Board Vice Chairwoman Jeannie Smith expressed satisfaction at Monday’s meeting with the planned upgrade for the pool lockers. "That was the piece that I am just so grateful to see," Smith said. "This is really necessary, if you’ve gone into those locker rooms, which I have, it’s really sad. Horrible, but it’s all going to change and then next year we’ll just be celebrating how beautiful and shiny and clean everything is.”

Ted Hunyadi, director of facilities, said that the locker project will be an "eight-week process."

"We feel the project can be completed this summer for the opening of school, Aug. 21, to have the locker rooms ready. It’s just that the approvals would need to be quickly done," Hunyadi said.

Coleytown Elementary School is slated for $251,544 worth of renovations, which include a $136,544 replacement of the pitched asphalt shingle roof. The current roof was installed in 1986 and has a 30-year life span.

A second project at Coleytown, costing $115,000, will replace sinks and cabinets in classrooms.

Hunyadi said the roof project is expected to start Aug. 1 and should be done three weeks later. He added that the same time frame applies to the classroom project at the school.

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