School facility needs eyed
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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Director of Maintenance and Transportation Hal Taylor presented a list of completed summer projects and current needs to the Cleveland Board of Education site committee on Wednesday.

Taylor listed time-sensitive needs at eight of the nine Cleveland City Schools facilities. One highlighted the blown sound system at Cleveland Middle School. He reported the need was not on the present needs plan.

CMS Principal Mike Collier explained school administrators recently discovered the state of the sound system. It was originally believed the old middle school system could be improved upon with parts from the high school system.

“That sound system is no longer there,” Taylor said. “We are looking at a year and a half of the high school using it and the middle school double using [the gym]. There is no sound there.”

According to Collier and Taylor, two factors affected the 14-year-old system. First, the system had no limits on how high it could be turned up. Second, the system was not installed correctly. A new system would sit in a locked room with built-in volume limits.

The middle school is currently using a portable sound system for assemblies and guest speakers. Collier estimated the cost of a new system would be a little over $13,000.

Committee members agreed to address the issue at the September school board meeting.

Taylor reported the Cleveland High football press box roof is in need of replacement. He said he was uncertain whether the issue could be handled before football season is over. Committee members agreed to bring the matter up at the September board meeting.

Additional items listed under facility needs included: 

- Renovation of the track at Cleveland Middle School and construction of a retaining wall to protect the track against soil and erosion.

- Renovation of the track at Cleveland High School and several bathrooms in the main building.

- Installation of a new air-conditioning system throughout E.L. Ross Elementary and Yates Primary. Taylor highlighted a gymnasium air-conditioning system as a time-sensitive need for both schools.

- E.L. Ross Elementary’s front sidewalk entrance is in need of permanent repair or replacement.

- The swimming pool at the Teen Learning Center has a small crack Taylor would like to have checked. Pool equipment is also in need of replacement.

- Bathroom partitions in some of the Blythe-Bower Elementary facilities have become worn.

- The boiler system at Stuart Elementary needs to be replaced. The auditorium roof is also in need of replacement.

- The entire school system is in need of an energy management program update. Programmable thermostats are needed at E.L. Ross and Yates.

The committee requested Taylor provide a list of costs for each item at the October school board meeting.

Taylor also listed 11 summer projects in addition to the work completed by the maintenance department during the Raider Dome demolition.

- A new gymnasium roof has been placed on Stuart Elementary.

- The interior and exterior of E.L. Ross has been painted.

- The boiler from Cleveland High was transported to Yates Primary and installed before the demolition of the dome.

- The land for the new elementary school off Georgetown Road was bush-hogged and maintained over the summer.

- A faulty gate valve on the HVAC building loop in Arnold Elementary was replaced.

- The front entrance sidewalk at E.L. Ross was “temporarily” repaired for another year. Taylor warned deep freezes like those seen in Cleveland last year could cause a premature breakdown in the work completed on the sidewalks.

- Maintenance workers completed preventative work on the mechanical equipment in the Cleveland City Schools.

- A building loop pump motor at Cleveland High School was replaced.

- Taylor reported an electrical panel and branch circuits were installed at Cleveland High School for the Career and Technical Education engineering lab.

- A Cleveland High and Cleveland Middle bus stop locator has been placed online.

Taylor finished his report by informing the committee members all 35 school buses were running Wednesday. He said all preventative maintenance on the buses is being conducted in-house.

Site Committee chair Murl Dirksen thanked Taylor and the maintenance and transportation department for all of their hard work.

“Thanks so much for looking at dollars and crunching the numbers. You always try to save stuff,” he said. “Everything you’ve done, from doing in-house maintenance to all the work your men have done this summer, [means] we don’t have to go out and contract [the work] out. I don’t know how to thank you guys.”

Further discussion on the facility needs will occur at the September and October school board meetings.