|Construction progressing at schools this summer|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
Weekly construction meetings continue, and progress is steady in the Holyoke School District Re-1J construction projects this summer.
Supt. Bret Miles reported on the progress at the July 17 meeting of the Board of Education.
After the meeting, the board saw the improvement in the old gym, where new light fixtures were installed for a much lighter and brighter gym.
Light fixtures throughout the school are being put in, and some issues around the light sensors are being worked out.
Miles said the old gym re-opened July 17, and teachers will be informed as soon as possible when they can get into their classrooms. He noted they’re making every effort to get them in before the first days of the new contract.
The high school roof project is ahead of schedule with no issues, and Miles said they anticipated to be at “substantial completion” level by the end of last week.
Roofing at the elementary school is progressing as scheduled, and a large portion of the high school work force moved to the elementary school this week.
An additional expense, within budget, was added for improved roof drain covers, explained Miles.
Junior high roof repairs are progressing well, with a meeting scheduled July 23 to review that progress.
Moving on to the boiler, electrical, fire alarm package, Miles said plumbers were installing the new boiler piping last week. New boilers were installed on housekeeping pads, but weren’t functional as of the Tuesday board meeting.
Electricians have started working outlets in classrooms, with wire down the corridors. While the fire alarm installation schedule is being watched closely, it’s not a problem yet.
Internet is running in both buildings, with a final test to be scheduled by early-August. The security system is 95 percent complete, with a few doors left to install after electrical power to the doorway is complete.
Miles said training for the Internet, security cameras and door access is yet to be scheduled.
Commenting on other improvement areas, Miles said restroom walls are ready for inspection, and drywall and rough-in plumbing continues. Ninety-five percent of fixtures have arrived on site.
Miles indicated payments from the Colorado Dept. of Education and requesting funds with First Pioneer National Bank continue to flow smoothly.
Policy review continues
Eight J policies and two regulations were introduced by Supt. Miles at last week’s meeting. Those, along with 11 other Section J policies and seven regulations, were approved on first reading and will be adopted at the Aug. 7 board meeting.
Other J policies which had been approved on first reading June 19 were adopted last week.
First reading was also approved for eight policies, one exhibit and one regulation in sections A, B, C, E, G and I of the policy manual.
In other business July 17, the Re-1J board:
—hired Albino Nuñez as the maintenance/custodian for the JR/SR High for the 2012-13 school year.
—accepted the resignation of elementary school teacher aide Debra Drees.
A two-hour retreat preceded Tuesday night’s board meeting.
Supt. Miles gave a presentation on 90-90-90 Schools, sharing how this research can apply to the challenges of getting students in all demographic areas to increase their performance and meet the standards.
Discussion on Destination 2016 was conducted, and the board looked at the topic, “What is the minimum program we can offer and still provide a comprehensive and quality education?”
Holyoke Enterprise July 26, 2012