Conway School District began renovations on Marguerite Vann Elementary School this week.

Assistant Superintendent Carroll Bishop said workers began removing furniture and emptying the building on Friday.

He said crews started renovations by putting new tile in all the bathrooms and installing new plumbing.

Painting in all the rooms, Bishop said, would begin toward the end of this week.

Regarding the other repairs for the school, he said new floors will be laid throughout, old cabinets and doors will be removed and replaced, new furniture purchased, whiteboards and filing cabinets installed and a general sprucing up of the facility for the upcoming school year.

Bishop said the fire alarm system will be upgraded to meet the current fire code.

"We’re just now at the beginning stages of everything," he said. "It will look like a pretty, new building."

In the past several years, Bishop said Conway Schools has started fixing up the school buildings, beginning three years ago with the oldest in the district, Florence Mattison Elementary, and then two years ago, Julia Lee Moore.

"Just a good ole whitewashing," he said.

Bishop said the district would continue to work on the schools in the upcoming years.

Renovations at Vann, which was built in 1986, should be competed by the beginning of August.