CORNING | Work will begin June 23 on renovations at Frederick Carder Elementary School on the city’s Southside.

The Corning-Painted Post Board of Education approved bids on the work at Wednesday’s meeting.

Officials said work will continue through at least the end of the year, with some classes being combined to allow room for continued work.

Classroom space has been a problem at the school, with trailers being used as auxiliary instructional areas for the last few years.

That problem is expected to be eliminated once the construction project is completed.

According to Superintendent Mike Ginalski, the completed project will include 10 new classrooms.

The expanded area “will allow for dedicated teaching space for AIS (Academic Intervention Support), ESL (English as a Second Language), art, music and Pre-K/Headstart,” Ginalski said.

Other upgrades will include a renovation of the main office area at the school which will improve security at the entrance; dedicated separate areas for buses and parents to pick up and drop off students; additional parking; improvements to classroom technology; and upgrades to the kitchen including new appliances.

The bid approved Wednesday for the primary construction on the project was $4,903,000.

The cost was projected originally at $5,736,960.

The total bids for the work at Carder, which go beyond the primary construction, is $7,299,420.

That’s “within the budget,” according to Ginalski.

Bids on the project were awarded to Holdsworth Klimowski Construction LLC, of Victor, Piccirilli-Slavik & Vincent Plumbing & Heating Inc., of Binghamton, Louis N. Picciano and Son Inc., of Vestal, and Schuler-Haas Electric Corp. of Rochester.