Administrators at the Chandler Unified School District will finally get a little more elbow room thanks to a $3.3 million renovation.
The James T. Perry Administration Building, the district office for the CUSD, 1525 W. Frye Road, started its renovation process last week. The 22,400-square-foot facility, built in 1988, will increase a third of its current space and double the amount of parking, according to the district’s spokesperson.
“Our district population has quadrupled in 20 years and our support staff has grown accordingly,” school spokesperson Terry Locke said. “Offices that once had only one person now have three to four. It’s very cramped.”
He said the renovation is being funded through a November 2006 bond election.
According to Locke, about 100 employees work in the district office, which houses human resources, payroll, finance, community relations, the superintendent, associate superintendents and the information technology department.
Construction crews started digging to expand the parking lot, which Locke said was one of the biggest problems.
“We didn’t have enough spaces for our staff, let alone our visitors who ended up parking on adjacent streets a lot of times,” he said, adding that the district had to reach an agreement with the Chandler YMCA to accommodate the overflow.
Locke said the lobby is one of the first portions to be renovated. It has moved to an adjacent annex building.
“It will be an inconvenience for staff and visitors for a little while,” Locke said. “In the big picture, it’s pretty small compared to opening a high school.”
Weather permitting, the renovation should be completed by April.