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Wilton Schools Update Playground, Floors

WILTON, Conn. – A playground fitness cluster, new floors and a repaired chimney are some of the additions that await your children when Wilton Public Schools open for classes Monday.

Some were long-needed repairs, while others make the school buildings a nicer place.

One of the most colorful changes is the addition of new apparatus to the playground outside Cider Mill School. The red, white, blue and silver play area replaces older playground equipment that had been in disrepair for years, said John Murphy, the district’s custodial and maintenance supervisor.

“There’s lots of climbing equipment. It’s called a fitness cluster,” Murphy said. The new equipment cost about $25,000. “It’s a big investment."

The district also replaced floors in six rooms at Middlebrook School and four rooms at Cider Mill and replaced treads in staircases at Wilton High School. The district also repaired the chimney at Wilton High School, grinding out the existing mortar and replacing it.

The largest project will be the replacement of 140 chairs in the Middlebrook School auditorium. Delays to the start of the 2011-12 school year pushed back ordering the chairs, Murphy said. The new seats will be installed in September. That project is expected to cost $115,000.

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