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Summer maintenance projects at Washington County schools keep workers busy

July 24, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Miguel Sosa and Tony Torres spread polymer resin bits onto the track at Bonsboro High School earlier this mont. The track is being widened from seven lanes to eight.
By Kevin G. Gilbert / Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — When Boonsboro High School hosts the Dwight Scott Invitational track meet next spring, finalists will be able to line up in one heat.

Work is being done this summer to install a new, wider track at the high school as one of several summer maintenance projects undertaken by Washington County Public Schools.

Going from seven to eight 42-inch lanes also will give the school a chance to one day host a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association regional meet, Boonsboro High Athletic Director Sue Lowery said.

The new track replaces a surface that was constructed in 2001, school system officials said. The average life-expectancy of resilient track surfacing is about 10 years, according to a project document.

The new track is expected to be ready for use at the start of the school year, school system facility officials said.

The project cost is $243,870, according to an email from Rob Rollins, director of facilities planning and development. The track is being paid for with $157,500 in state Program Open Space funds, with the remaining $86,370 coming from savings created by employee turnover, Rollins said.

Every summer, school system crews and private contractors go to work in almost every one of the public schools, making improvements that range from painting to installing new roofs and upgrading utilities.

A couple of projects have been delayed, said Mark Mills, director of maintenance and operations.

Replacing lockers in North Hagerstown High’s gym locker rooms is being postponed, with school system officials hoping to get funding to do the work next summer, Mills said.

Another project that is expected to be postponed until next summer is replacing asbestos tile in the main corridor at Washington County Technical High School with vinyl flooring tiles, he said.

Unless otherwise noted, most of these systemic or maintenance projects have already been finished or will be substantially completed before school starts Aug. 21:

• Refinishing the wooden stage floor at Boonsboro High School or covering it with Masonite flooring.

• Rebuilding a portable classroom at Boonsboro High.

• Rebuilding the deck around the newest portable classroom at Boonsboro High.

• Installing sound panels in Boonsboro High’s band room.

• Repairing the fire tower at the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview. Work is expected to be completed before winter.

• Renovating Clear Spring High School’s guidance suite.

• Making minor improvements to the concession area outside Clear Spring High’s gym.

• Removing carpet on walls and installing drywall near Clear Spring High’s business classroom.

• Replacing small sets of bleachers at Clear Spring’s baseball field.

• Replacing E. Russell Hicks Middle School’s gym bleachers.

• Installing an outdoor generator and replacing electric switchgear at E. Russell Hicks. In addition to providing emergency lighting at the school, the generator could be used if the middle school is needed as emergency shelter in the community, Mills said.

• Replacing all the ceiling and lighting at Emma K. Doub Elementary School, except for in the cafeteria.

• Replacing asbestos flooring in Emma K. Doub’s art area and a classroom with vinyl tile flooring.

• Replacing Fountaindale Elementary School’s roof.

• Replacing Fountaindale’s boiler and chiller. The air conditioning will be ready for the start of school and the heating portion might be done by then as well, Mills said.

• Replacing the original ceiling, lighting and HVAC system at Funkstown School for Early Childhood Education. The school opened in 1967.

n Installing gym ceiling and sound panels at Greenbrier Elementary School.

• Replacing approximately 267 exterior windows and 64 exterior doors at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

• Installing a new HVAC system for offices at Hancock Middle-Senior High. Health, guidance and some other administrative offices had been using window air conditioning units, Mills said. The rest of the school was already served by an HVAC system.

• Replacing student lockers in Hancock Middle-Senior’s middle school section.

• Installing a wall around the water heater in the old music room at Old Forge Elementary School.

• Replacing flooring in four classrooms and the teachers lounge at Paramount Elementary School.

• Refinishing Paramount Elementary School’s gym floor.

• Replacing flooring in five classrooms at Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

• Replacing Sharpsburg Elementary School’s cafeteria flooring.

• Replacing 12 cafeteria tables at Smithsburg Elementary School.

• Refinishing the wooden stage floor at Smithsburg High School or covering it with Masonite flooring.

• Upgrading the HVAC system in Washington County Technical High School’s cosmetology department.

• Renovating Western Heights Middle School’s ground floor to create larger classrooms, improve traffic flow and create a suite for the development of a virtual high school.

• Renovating Williamsport High School to create a security vestibule inside the school’s main entrance, improving the layout for the administrative office and updating the nearby staff restrooms.

Other work that’s being done at various schools includes fixing concrete sidewalks, repaving or repairing some blacktop areas and painting parking lot lines.

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