Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 9, 2006

Things to do: Repair school roof, put in new gym floor


MT. VERNON — A preliminary list of summer maintenance projects for District 80 schools was presented to the school board Wednesday.

Superintendent Kevin Settle said there are four major projects that need to be addressed immediately — a new roof at J.L. Buford Intermediate Center, replacement of the gymnasium floor at Casey Middle School, remodeling of the school district’s Central Office and asbestos removal at Benjamin Franklin Early Education Center.

A new roof at Buford is expected to cost about $200,000, with the money to come out of the district’s life/safety fund. Work is expected to begin this summer on the project.

Other projects at Buford include asphalting the new parking lot; installing new ceiling tile; adding pea gravel to the playground; repairing the south drive; and inspecting and repairing bleachers.

As for Casey, the board has received a bid of $35,000 to replace the gym floor; money for that project would come out of the school district’s operation and maintenance fund.

Other projects at Casey include pouring sidewalk from the west side of building to the front; replacing exit doors in the gym and orchestra room; and installing new carpet in the science wing.

Another project on which Settle urged the board to get started is the remodeling of the Central Office. That project includes removing a wall, replacing carpet, installing blinds and ceiling fans, and painting.

Money for this project would also come out of the operation and maintenance fund. Current estimates for the project are approximately $14,700, not including the costs for painting. This project is expected to begin during spring break and resume during summer vacation.

Finally, asbestos removal at Franklin is expected to cost approximately $100,000; that money would also come out of the district’s operation and maintenance fund.

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