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Construction continues at WC schools

Future plans reviewed

March 14, 2012
Carrie Olson - Staff Writer (lifestyles@freemanjournal.net) , The Daily Freeman Journal

Construction projects are currently in progress in the Webster City school district. Future projects have been planned and outlined for the summer months.

High school

Terrazzo flooring: Superintendent Mike Sherwood said that the terrazzo flooring is almost complete in the complex addition. It has been laid, poured, ground, sealed and waxed.

Heating and cooling system: Continued work is being done on the system, it has to be finished before the gym floor can be installed. Sherwood said that it should hopefully be finished in the next couple weeks.

Gym floor prep has been completed. The concrete must have a certain variance, and only three or four areas of the floor needed to be ground and filled.

Gym floor installation will start in late March. Sherwood said it will take between 6 and 8 weeks to complete - that includes laying the floor, staining and painting it.

Bleachers are due to arrive in mid-May. Installation will take 4 to 6 weeks, finishing in approximately mid-June.

Tile installation is mostly complete in the bathrooms. The main bathrooms located near the main west entrance have been completed and ceilings are in the process of being installed. Tile work on the bathrooms by the auditorium is nearly completed. Tile work in the connecting hallways by the old locker rooms that connect the new addition is finished.

Ceiling installation in the showers is currently taking place in the locker rooms. The ceilings are hard not drop ceilings.

Work on the parking lots by the high school office, south and main west entrance connecting to Bank Street will start soon. The design for the circle drive near the auditorium entrance has also been approved by the city.

Middle school

The Webster City Middle School recently had problems in its lower level with the Pathways Lab, guidance room, art room associated offices and art storage room. Middle school parents received a letter on Feb. 27 about concerns brought to the attention of staff members that mold may be present in the above listed areas. As a result of the concern, the letter stated that the district had contacted an industrial hygienist with EMC Environmental Health Services for an indoor air quality investigation. The assessments found: No mold in general room air; indicated water intrusion in the lower level; showed the use of pleated air filters in the air handling units; indicated mold growth present in all surface samples collected from the walls and cabinets located in the lower level; and the results in the wall cavities were below the EMC Environmental Health's benchmark, but contained 130 spores/m.

According to the letter, all affected drywall and cabinetry was removed; all areas were treated and cleaned as per the EMC Environmental Health Services recommendations; and removed materials were replaced with mold resistant materials. During spring break, the area will be tiled to address the problems with water intrusion.

Sherwood also said that during spring break, painting will be completed, cabinets reinstalled and a sump pump will be installed.The district will need to reconfigure the sink design and grease trap, which won't be done until this summer. He said that flooring and carpet removal, and redoing of the floors will happen this summer as well.

Summer projects

Fencing: Sherwood said that they will look at laying out fencing at the high school complex. "We need some type of fencing to finish off the high school project and better secure the area," he said. This included the ball fields, and a large fence from the shot put area to the south side of the school's boundary.

Asbestos: The district will be looking at removing the 9 by 9 asbestos-based tiling at Sunset Heights, Pleasant View and the high school. Sherwood said that if they remove the tiling, an abatement company would have to come in and do the work. "We will bring in a company to see how much can be done," he said. "While they are working on the asbestos, that area has to basically be sealed off." He said that they would have to deal with the asbestos before remodeling classrooms.

Boiler replacement: A boiler that is more than 20 years old at Jefferson Gym will need replaced. Sherwood said that the district would like to replace it with a high efficient boiler, like the one they have at the high school.

Roof replacement: Pleasant View needs a total roof replacement. "It is the worst roof in the district," he said. "We can't just patch here and there."

Wireless network: Sherwood said that they are looking at wireless network installation at all of the district's schools. "These quotes are being finalized and finished for review," he said. "That would put us in a position to move forward with the one-to-one computer initiative." A multi-platform of iPads, notebooks and laptops is currently being looked at. "We can create the coverage and density that would enable all students to have access to be online."

Painting: The two elementary gymnasiums need painted, and will likely be performed this summer.

Administration building: Sherwood said that they are looking to tear down the two-story building attached to the main part of the administration building. The asbestos has already been abated and removed.

 
 

 

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