Very Busy Summer Wraps Up At Schools

Jeff Turner, Ohio County Schools’ maintenance director, said the summer season was a busy and productive one as he told district leaders about projects completed from May until August.

“During the summer of 2013, there were 577 work orders completed and closed,” Turner said during Monday’s board of education meeting in Elm Grove. “That is a completion rate of about 93 percent.”

According to Turner, all maintenance work in Ohio County Schools this summer was handled by a crew of 12 people.

Turner highlighted the main projects undertaken throughout the county.

A waterproofing project at Triadelphia Middle School is in its final stages, Turner said. Funded by the school district and the West Virginia School Building Authority, the roughly $250,000 project entailed complete excavation and repair of the building’s foundation, along with installation of an Americans with Disabilities Act-approved wheelchair ramp.

Parts of the roof at Warwood School and Wheeling Middle School had to be completely torn off and replaced, Turner said, in a $725,388 project funded by the county’s general current expenditure fund.

The track at Wheeling Park High School is also nearing completion, Turner said. Working with Precision Sports Surfaces, the $231,319 project entailed completely stripping down the track and laying down a fresh sports surface.

At Bethlehem Elementary, work continues to remove and replace the building’s HVAC system before the winter months arrive.

Steenrod Elementary, meanwhile, needed a new classroom so walls were torn down and flooring and electrical wiring were reworked to accommodate the need.

While working on all these products, Turner said grass cutting presented a bigger problem than usual this year, thanks to uncooperative weather.

“Three people were dedicated to cutting grass all over the county,” Turner said, noting grass cutters usually get a break for at least a month so they can help work on other projects. This year, he said, grass had to be cut continuously.

More than $160,000 was spent on materials necessary for projects involving fire extinguishers, air conditioning and fire alarm systems.

Shortly after Turner finished speaking, the board of education and school administrators went behind closed doors to discuss a personnel matter that involved disciplining an employee, according to board President James Jorden.