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Janesville High Schools show off renovation projects

JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Wednesday, Janesville school administrators took school board members on a tour of the district's current renovation projects at Parker and Craig High Schools.

Those are being funded by a $70.8 million referendum that passed two years ago; construction started in 2007.

Parker and Craig High Schools have seen a drop in enrollment numbers lately.

However, the schools have not been upgraded in over 40 years.

The district says the facilities were no longer meeting program needs.

So it's expanding the schools with new classrooms, common areas, and field houses.

The schools were also behind in energy conservation before the renovations began.

Craig High School, for example, still had its original, drafty windows from the 1950s and much of the school was not air conditioned.

Just replacing those windows and the old steam furnaces will save the district $50,000 a year.

The district says the projects are ahead of schedule and should be completed in time for the start of next year.

The district also says the projects are staying on budget so far.

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