Plans begin for summer construction
Plans begin for summer construction
Faith Behr
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Work will begin this June on Phase II of critical repairs needed to the schools. Funding for the work was approved by voters in a building bond referendum in 2016. At Swartz Intermediate School, 75 percent of the roof will be replaced. The roof over the gym is in satisfactory condition to date. The other flat roofs on the school have failed over the years and a new roof, designed with the latest engineering standards to slope toward drains, will be installed. In addition, seven unit heaters will be replaced.

At Salt Creek Primary School, the roof will also be replaced. Instead of asphalt shingles, a new standing seam metal roof will be installed. “We’ve had lots of roofing problems and water infiltration at the school since 1990,” said Director of Business Services and Operations Dr. Frank Evans. “This is a different roofing system and should last 30-35 years,” he said. In addition, some building panels that are failing and causing leaks, will also be replaced. 

Other work planned is to tear out and rebuild an outdoor concrete staircase at Swartz that leads to the 2nd grade playground. The stairs are crumbling and the railing does not meet the life safety code. The District office will also be revamped, including tearing down a wall between two separate areas to create more efficient use of space. The need was created when a dead end hallway leading to the District office was reworked in order to meet life safety codes.

In all, $1,850,000 from referendum bonds will be spent on the work and $310,000 from District funds. The summer of 2020 is the final phase of the 2016 referendum work. It will include replacing boilers at Swartz and replacing windows at Swartz and Albright. The District will also expand the plaza by the new side student entrance at Albright.

The facelift for the Swartz Library is completed. A new, small classroom was created within the library by moving some walls and storage areas. Some new shelving and a circulation desk, all configured to the size of students, were added. The room was painted and carpet installed with the same color palette as the 2nd grade wing. The shelving can be moved to provide increased flexibility for the room. The District received a $69,000 insurance payment to recover costs from a water leak.