By TRAVIS MORSE email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — District 80 school officials are considering funding a variety of maintenance projects this summer designed to improve the appearance and functionality of the district’s buildings.
All told, the suggested maintenance work would total about $165,000 if every project was funded. However, it’s unlikely the district would choose to do all the projects at this time, said Superintendent Mike Green.
“We’ll see what we can fit into the budget and what we can afford to do this summer,” Green said.
Green presented a report on possible maintenance projects and their estimated costs at Wednesday night’s meeting of the District 80 Board of Education.
That same evening, the board went into closed session to discuss employment matters and several potential reductions in force.
Details on these reductions were not available as of press time since the closed session was still ongoing.
Prior to the closed session, however, Green said the district will have 17 retirements at the end of this school year, including two administrators, five teachers and 10 classified employees. The names of these individuals had not yet been released as of press time.
The District 80 Board will be gradually replacing some of these open positions from now until July.
Regarding the summer maintenance work, Green highlighted several key projects Wednesday that school principals and the district’s maintenance director have suggested for this summer.
Projects at Casey Middle School include installing
gates at the parking lot, re-coating the gym floor, tuckpointing, and replacing about 25 feet of indoor carpeting.
Casey Principal Mary McGreer said the carpet was heavily stained during the recent Casey renovation project, as construction workers were walking on it for several months.
The major project being considered for the Primary Center involves repainting the interior walls, which have gotten dirty over the years. Estimates are it would cost roughly $20,000 to pay for the paint and labor for the project, Green said.
“It was spray-painted originally with some Spec Paint, (which) runs about $67 a gallon,” Green said. “And so it just becomes costly to repaint that.”
Several projects at the Dr. Andy Hall Early Childhood Center were also discussed Wednesday. They include a $25,000 effort to redo the blacktop on the playground areas, an $8,700 project to create a new bus lane, and $20,000 worth of tuckpointing work.
Green said 60 percent of the maintenance work at the Hall building could be paid for using Head Start grant money.
Other District 80 Board actions Wednesday included:
n Discussion of a possible project to replace the tablet devices being used by one grade level, which would cost about $80,000. Green said he would also like to establish a process for replacing tablets regularly for all the grade levels currently using them.
n Hearing of a report on the Head Start program.
n Discussion of late state payments. The state currently owes the district $520,000.
n Approval of the 2014-2015 School Calendar.