The Chandler Unified School District’s James T. Perry Administration Building is about to undergo a $3.3 million renovation.
The number of parking spaces will double and 15,000 square feet of new or renovated space will be added to the district office, with a planned opening in April, said district spokesman Terry Locke.
“We have as many as three and four people working in offices designed for one,” Locke said. “It’s very cramped.”
The 22,400-square-foot district office at 1525 W. Frye Road opened in 1988 when the district had fewer than 10,000 students. Now, the district has about 36,000 students, Locke said.
Starting next week, the front lobby will move temporarily into an adjacent annex building. Visitors will be directed to the site by signs, said Jeanette Polvani, associate superintendent for administrative services.
Construction is under way on the parking lot, which will increase the number of parking spaces to 200.
District staff and visitors have had to use a nearby YMCA parking lot for overflow parking during busy times.
A new building will be constructed on the current parking lot, between the district office and annex building. New parking will be added to the south and west of the buildings, Polvani said.
The new building will include a conference room and additional office space, Locke said.
“We’ll be moving people around, making areas more efficient and reorganizing,” he said.
About 100 employees work out of the district office. The administration building houses human resources, payroll, community relations, associate superintendents, the superintendent, district directors, the finance department and the information technology department, Locke said.
Construction is being paid for through bond issue proceeds, Locke said.