WELLMAN — The Mid-Prairie Community School District will be moving ahead with $205,003 worth of summer construction in the next several months.
Superintendent Mark Schneider said projects will get a head start since students are already out of buildings. After families pick up student belongings this week, lead custodians at each school can begin summer cleaning and scheduling construction projects.
Among the various projects the district is hoping to complete over the summer, two of the largest include the purchase and installation of two ventilators for West Elementary School and parking lot and sidewalk patching at various schools.
Shcneider explained the ventilators are part of an ongoing project the district has been working on for the last eight to nine years. Each year, the district has installed two new ventilators for classrooms in the two elementary buildings. Schneider explained the schools and original ventilators were built in the late-70s and were in need of upgrades.
“We completed East Elementary two years ago and are just getting started on West Elementary,” Schneider explained. In total, the two new ventilators will cost $39,940.
Over the summer, the district also hopes to finish a host of patching projects at both elementary schools, the middle school and the home-school education center. This includes widening a 2.5 ft. stretch of sidewalk by East Elementary to 5 ft. to accommodate students with special needs.
Other summer projects include the purchase of two new lunchroom tables and seven fire extinguishers as well as the installation of LED lighting.
This year’s summer projects come after approximately $500,000 worth of projects the previous year.
“Last year, we had a gym wall that we had to shore up — it was sinking into the ground. This year, we cut it down to $200,000. We’re being prudent at this point and time with the current economic situation. Our Sales Tax may not be as much as it has been,” Schneider said.
Schneider also noted the improvements will all contribute to a more “pleasant learning environment for students,” which will only improve the district’s culture.
“It makes all the difference for the students. It puts them in a better frame of mind. It also affects staff members and adds to the culture of the building, makes the classroom more positive,” he added.