Summer facility improvement projects
Summer facility improvement projects
Posted on 08/30/2016
Schools receive maintenance and upgrades over summer

Improvements at many facilities throughout the district have taken place this summer to ensure a safe and clean environment for more than 22,250 students when they return to school on September 6.

The projects include repairs and upgrades as well as critical school improvement needs. They are scheduled during the summer when students are not in school in order to minimize the impact to student learning.

Building envelope improvements such as new carpet, new roofs, interior and exterior building paint projects, improved grounds, refinished gymnasium floors, traffic paint to improve safety, and landscaping are some of the improvements made throughout the district.

The 2016 summer projects include painting, roof replacements, new carpeting, safety and security improvements, and interior finishes at various schools throughout the district.

A complete list of the 2014 levy projects can be found on the Capital Projects web page.

Each year principals are asked to identify repair and upgrades needed at their schools. A committee reviews and prioritizes these requests. This results in a list of approved small capital projects for the school year. The projects are generally in the categories of health and safety needs or critical program needs all funded through the Capital Projects budget.

The 2014 Educational Programs and Operations Replacement levy, which supports 24 percent of day-to-day operations for the district, provides funds for ongoing school maintenance and basic health, safety, and security upgrades. The levy also pays for critical school improvement districtwide to replace or repair aging and deteriorating roofs and structures in school buildings; and upgrade heating, cooling, plumbing, lighting, and electrical systems. The levy funds are distributed annually averaged over six years.

The levy projects tend to be larger projects and were identified through a different process, according to Executive Director of Capital Projects, Gary Frentress. Systematic building condition assessments were conducted by district staff. Results of the assessment along with enhanced safety standards led to the recommended projects.

Facility maintenance and improvement projects continue throughout the district on an ongoing basis.  The Capital Projects department maintains the progress schedule which currently runs through the year 2021.
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