Many people might believe that when students are on summer vacation, the activity in the school district comes to a screeching halt. The truth is, the summer months are extremely busy times for our maintenance, custodial and cleaning staff. Summer months are when the majority of the capital improvement projects are completed.

This summer, the district will be doing numerous repairs and projects to maintain our aging facilities. The district has plans to do preventative maintenance on all the rubber roofs at North Ridgeville High School. Also at the high school, we will be replacing the main burner controller on the boiler to better control room temperatures and to regulate the heat. The district will also be conducting major repairs on four rooftop units, rebuilding and replacing the mobile unit ramp and completing repair work on univents throughout the building. Repair work has been completed on the Pitts Boulevard entrance sign into the high school complex.

At Liberty Elementary School, the district will continue to replace old, worn out carpet with floor tile in the remaining areas of the building. In the main office area, the carpeting will be replaced. An accordion-style wall in one of the classrooms will be replaced with a permanent wall at Wilcox Elementary School. Also at Wilcox Elementary, an exhaust fan will be installed for the art room kiln, and deteriorated domestic main water supply lines will be replaced throughout most of the building. The North Ridgeville Education Center will undergo repairs on two rooftop air conditioning units as well.

The middle school and high school’s gymnasium floors will be stripped, sanded and refinished in time for the opening of school in August. Additional repairs at North Ridgeville Middle School include replacing large sections of deteriorated flooring, refinishing bleachers in the gymnasium and replacing burner controllers on the boiler. At Ranger Stadium, the roofs were replaced on both the visitor’s press box and concession stand. Additional maintenance to the concession stand will include replacing the doors and repainting the facility.

Parking lots, driveways and sidewalks are constantly in need of repair or replacement.  Most of this work will take place at the high school; however, the North Ridgeville Education Center, Lear North Elementary School and the bus garage will require patching of damaged areas in the driveways and parking areas. At Lear North, there is a need for additional parking to accommodate growth. A gravel parking lot expansion is planned for this summer.

Summer is also when our cleaners and custodians are busy cleaning and preparing the classrooms for the next school year. Every classroom in the district will be thoroughly cleaned, and all floors in all buildings will be stripped and waxed. There are also the daily tasks of general grounds maintenance taking place at all of our buildings.

Many of these projects would not be possible without the permanent improvement funds approved by you, the voters. The dollars in the Permanent Improvement Fund cannot be used for day-to-day operations; they must be used to pay for long-term capital improvements.

When school re-opens Aug. 24, our buildings – thanks to the hard work and dedication of our summer staff – will be ready to welcome back students and staff for the start of the 2010-11 academic year.

– By David Livingston, assistant superintendent of Business Services at North Ridgeville City Schools

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