$125 million in improvements being made to Columbus school buildings

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Students and teachers in the state’s largest school district head back to class next week.

While students enjoyed the time off, it’s been a busy summer at nearly a dozen schools around the city.

For the second summer in a row, crews have been working on classroom upgrades. The district is spending $125 million over the next five years.

For the first time, Forest Park Elementary, along with four other schools, will have air conditioning.

“After lunch a recess, when they would return to the building, it was just so hot,” said Forest Park Principal Rhonna McKibbin. “They would be leaning over desks and, like I said, not focusing on the instruction that the teachers are trying to deliver.”

This is the second year for the district-wide ‘Operation Fix-It’ program.

Several other schools had security, fire alarm and pavement updates to buildings.

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