Protecting your investment in our schools top summer priority
This summer the District will spend close to $4 million dollars on building enhancements spread across all of our schools.
Due to the incredible job the District’s Operations teams have performed over the years in maintaining over twenty facilities, the schools maintain a youthful appearance and remain safe and compliant buildings. In reality, many of our schools have been in operation over 25 years, some over 30 and some more than that.
In addition to the age of the schools, our facilities experience significant “wear and tear” since the buildings rarely shut their doors. During the week school is in session and on the weekends community groups ranging from churches to organized sports teams will make use of these public spaces. Summer remains our best opportunity to perform large scale upgrades with the least amount of disruption.
Last year the District asked two architectural firms perform building assessments on all of our schools. The reports that were generated from this work provided us a detailed road map on how best to prioritize the District’s efforts in regard to capital repair and/or replacement. The capital schedule is a living document, continually receiving updates as applicable. Prioritization of the many repairs and replacements is a difficult task, balancing the needs of each individual school against a finite budget.
As our District grows and these schools continue to age, we will be working to identify a dedicated revenue stream to help us continue to maintain our facilities. Dublin City Schools is proud of the fact that we have been able to stretch a three-year levy cycle into five years, via sound fiscal management and operational efficiencies.
This summer we have what many would call a wide range of infrastructure related projects set to go, or what we in Operations would call an exciting summer on tap. Close to half of the summer budget will be spent on replacing chillers and boilers from the 1980’s and 1990’s at Chapman, Indian Run, Thomas, Wyandot, Davis and Coffman. Asphalt repair and replacement will take place at Karrer, Deer Run, Eli Pinney, Coffman, Olde Sawmill and Scottish Corners. New floors will be installed in the elementary commons area at Wright, Bailey and Scottish Corners. Jerome’s main gym floor will be completely refinished. Exterior masonry work to the brick at Riverside, Sells, Indian Run and Deer Run. Roof repair at Riverside and Deer Run. Scioto is due to have their entire track completely refurbished with improved drainage. The list of capital upgrades and schools continues with plumbing repairs, drainage tile installations, carpentry projects, painting, etc. The District’s Operations team will be very busy this summer.
When the dismissal bell rings on May 25, the last day of school, that’s when the clock starts for us. We have until the first day of school, Aug. 16, to wrap up what will be a very ambitious summer. Regardless of the time of year, my department will stay focused on its top priority: Maintaining the infrastructures of our schools to provide a safe environment for all of our students, staff and community.