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While we launch new large-scale capital projects, the City is continuing to invest in initiatives across BPS to improve the safety, quality, and environmental sustainability of facilities. These projects include:

  1. Energy and Water Efficiency: The Renew Boston Trust (RBT) program conducts energy audits, makes energy conservation recommendations, and ensures the installation of energy efficiency upgrades in City-owned buildings, including solar installations and power purchasing agreements. We’ll continue to make energy and water efficiency upgrades in our school buildings, install solar panels, and launch new solar power purchasing agreements for schools that have either been built “solar-ready” or have an existing system that needs upgrades.
  2. Indoor Air Quality: Beginning in September 2020, through the Indoor Air Quality Sensor Monitoring Initiative, the BPS Sustainability and Environmental Resources Division has installed over 4,000 indoor air quality sensors across all BPS schools. The sensors have been installed in all BPS classrooms, nurse’s offices, and main offices, with a roof-toop unit installed in every school building to measure outdoor air as a baseline per location. Results are reported live through a public dashboard.  BPS has also developed an Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Plan to respond to potential exceedances—when a measured indoor air quality level is above the adopted standard. 
  3. Air Conditioner Installation: BPS is installing air conditioner window units in school buildings to ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment. In total, 6,400 units will be installed over 91 schools, with work estimated to be complete in early 2023.
  4. Cafeteria Upgrades: Beginning in 2017, the City has modernized 106 school kitchens across the district to allow for on-site cooking of fresh, nutritious meals. The final two schools – the Mozart and the Sumner – will receive cafeteria upgrades in FY23. 
  5. School Yard Improvements and Exterior Grounds improvements: In partnership with the Community Preservation Committee, the City will continue its annual School Yard Improvement Program with improvements at 9 schools in FY23. Improvements include updated play structures, safety surfacing, and landscaping. An additional 9 schools will receive exterior grounds improvements, including improved landscaping, walkways, paving, outdoor lighting, and signage.
  6. Bathroom Renovations: Bathroom renovations across the district include upgraded fixtures, flooring, partitions, lighting, and paint. This work builds on the improvements BPS has made over the past few years on venting, sink repair, and toilet repair.
  7. Radiator Cover Installation: BPS is working to improve student safety across the district by installing covers on all exposed radiators, starting with K0-2 classrooms.
  8. Entryway Improvements: In addition to district-wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility improvements, BPS will make targeted entryway improvements to create a more welcoming, calm, and safe environment, including upgrades to security, doors, lighting, and wayfinding.
  9. Drinking Water Access: With support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, BPS has invested in new, filtered water fountains and bottle filling stations  across the district, building on prior investments to improve equitable drinking water access and move BPS away from bottled water. This work will continue to accelerate through FY23.

In addition, BPS will continue to invest in district-wide facilities improvements, with the specific schools to be identified based on the needs of each school facility:

  • Accessibility improvements, including improvements to ramps, doors, and elevators to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Fire alarm system upgrades 
  • Masonry repairs
  • Library improvements
  • Art room improvements
  • Science room improvements 
  • Auditorium improvements
  • 21st century interior improvements, including lighting, security, classroom technology, and wayfinding
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