During a site committee meeting for Cleveland City Schools, Maintenance Director Bob True reported that installing HVAC and duct work in the auditorium at Stuart Elementary would be completed by Steve Rogers’ company for a little under $30,000, instead of the original estimate by another company of $95,000.
Committee members were relieved that True was not reporting it would cost more than originally thought.
“That’s a school bus right there,” said chair of the site committee Murl Dirksen, commenting on the amount of money saved.
True also gave an update on the bathroom renovation project. Along with the update, it was reported that the second invoice from the company did not match the bid prices, and the situation was still being resolved.
“I can’t say enough good about you guys (maintenance team). You pay attention to details.” Dirksen said.
The site committee also discussed problems with the Mayfield Elementary Gym, and signs for the Cleveland High School math wing.
Paul Ramsey, energy education specialist for Cleveland City Schools, said he had been monitoring a problem with the Mayfield gym floor for about three weeks. Parts of the laminate floor are cupping and rising with no indication of the root problem. Ramsey said it is being caused by moisture. However, he does not know where it is coming from. The school has been using a dehumidifier for the past two weeks trying to correct the problem, but no progress has been made. True said risk management experts were scheduled to come in to look at the floor Thursday. Having someone from the company that installed the floor look at it was also mentioned.
The committee agreed that finding the root of the problem had to be the first step.
Dirksen asked Dee Finison, principal for Mayfield elementary, if the gym could be used in its current state. Finison said the gym’s perimeter could only be used, and for safety reasons they were keeping younger students out of the gym.
Dirksen said the committee needs to make a decision when there is more information available and call a special meeting if necessary.
Sketches for new indoor and outdoor signs for Cleveland High School were shown to the committee by Brian Templeton of Upland Design Group Inc.
Templeton also discussed ideas for plaques for the inside of the building. One plaque will be about Max R. Carroll, for whom the wing will be named. Dawn Robinson agreed to be the main contact person for that project. Robinson asked committee members to send her what they thought should be included. The other will most likely list the City Council and school board from when the wing was funded, as well as the superintendent of schools, city manager, the contractor and the architect.