Upgrades to alleviate an overcrowding problem at Edison Elementary School in Macomb are near complete.
Macomb schools superintendent Patrick Twomey said crews are working on a new cafeteria, kitchen area, bathrooms, outdoor court yard, six new classrooms and a new tornado shelter.
Twomey said not only will this allow them to get rid of trailers, that kids were learning in and help kids learn better, it will also help them social distance during the coronavirus pandemic.
"That cafeteria space is really going to help us at lunch time because we were having difficulty trying to figure out how do you feed 200 to 300 kids at once and social distance," Twomey said. "But you know what, we have the space now, we'll be able to spread out and be able to do that in a safe manor."
The project is on track to be finished by mid-August, before students return to school.
This expansion project is part of a six million dollar school upgrade project that also includes work at Macomb High School. The work at Edison costs about 4.4 million dollars of that.
Last November, the district took out bonds to fund the project.