Maintenance crew works to get local schools ready|
|Summertime is not vacation time for maintenance crews in the Antigo Unified School District.|
While children are romping, teens are working summer jobs or hanging with friends, and teachers are relaxing for earning additional credits, work is ongoing throughout the district’s seven elementary schools as well as at the Middle School, high school and Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center.
In fact, this may be the busiest season of all for maintenance staff, able to move desks, strip floors, replace tile and carpet and handle major repairs without impacting education.
According to a report prepared for the board of education by Director of Building and Grounds Tim Prunty, work is underway or completed on a variety of projects.
At Crestwood Elementary, an asbestos abatement project has been completed and new vinyl tile and carpet installed.
“We will be looking to improve ventilation of the computer lab starting this week,” Prunty said.
Mold remediation in the principal’s office has been completed at East Elementary School, with the sheet rock, insulation, carpet and ceiling tile replaced. McNeil West Construction has completed the shingle replacement and has installed edge venting and power roof exhausters. G&B Masonry has finished tuckpointing and lowering of the chimney.
At Mattoon, Tradewell construction is finishing up the shingle replacement and metal fascia. The custodians have taken down two small sheds that were used to store lawn equipment with one larger shed erected as a replacement. It will be used to store snow and snow removal equipment as well as extra classroom furniture.
Kitsemble Exteriors has begun working on the North Elementary roof. G&B Masonry has completed tuckpointing and lowering of the chimney and the county highway department has finished the concrete approach to the playground. Paving of the playground area is slated for mid-August.
The highway department has repaired the playground asphalt at Pleasant View Elementary. Risers on the septic tank had collapsed, resulting in a large area being very uneven and hazardous. Replacement parts have been received for a large piece of playground damaged by vandalism.
At Spring Valley, G&B Masonry has completed tuckpointing and lowering of the chimney, with the county scheduled to replace an asphalt strip along the west side of the building.
Roof work is underway at West Elementary School, with McNeil West Construction handling the job. G&B Masonry has completed tuckpointing and lowering the chimney. The district is also investigating how ventilation of the computer lab can be improved.
Regular summer maintenance at the Middle School includes painting of classrooms, the office, library and study hall.
Commercial Roofing has completed the third phase of the roof replacement. Crews are also installing vinyl tile in six classrooms.
Stainless Specialist has completed the installation of the air handling equipment at the aquatic center.
“Custodians are busy refinishing all of the vinyl floors at all the schools,” Prunty said. “Carpeted classrooms have been shampooed and univents and air handling equipment has been served.”
Housekeeping crews are also cleaning student desks and lockers.
“In August custodians will begin painting classrooms and hallways,” Prunty said. “Playground equipment will be inspected and wood chips added where necessary.”
Antigo school district custodians Ed Walrath, left, and Doug Doucette prepare to cut and lay carpet tiles in a high school classroom.
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