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Schools Get Summer Vacation Spruce Up
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Workers carry equipment for work on a project at Oakdale High School. Construction of the school’s new aquatic complex and changes near the front of the gymnasium to meet ADA requirements are on the summer work schedule. - photo by Dawn M. Henley/The Leader
Summer is the time for major cleaning and special maintenance projects at the schools and this year is no exception in Oakdale.The entrance area to the Oakdale High School gymnasium is undergoing some modifications as the school district brings it up to date to satisfy ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines. The school district’s Director of Maintenance and Operations Dan Casey reported that changes are being made to the steps, there will be railing, new planter boxes, and a new grass area. Demolition of the front area was completed last week to make way for the changes.The soccer field lights are now being installed at OHS, a project Casey said that, as of Monday, July 12, would be going “full steam.”Fair Oaks Elementary School is getting a facelift with some changes being made at the front of the main building. Casey reported that two large trees had to be removed from the front lawn area, as they were causing significant problems with the sewer line, irrigation system, and causing trip hazards.Fair Oaks will also see a new slurry coat of asphalt on the playgrounds and re-striping of the game areas.Casey further reported that at Magnolia Elementary School, the sewer line in the school kitchen is being replaced. The old asphalt tile that was ripped out of the kitchen to do the project is being replaced with ceramic tiles for easier maintenance, he said.Cloverland Elementary School is getting a roof overlay on a classroom wing, Casey added. Some trees, which presented trip hazards, were also removed and asphalt was put around the removed tree wells.At Oakdale Junior High School new landscaping projects are taking place around the new classroom buildings. Casey said they installed irrigation and grass around the buildings. He added that they have also been in the process of moving the classroom interiors from the old portables into the new permanent rooms. Televisions, mounting brackets, and whiteboards, are some of the furniture and equipment pieces being moved.Many of the portables, approximately 17, will be removed. Three are slated to stay on campus to serve as special storage.Sierra View Elementary School did not require any major projects this summer; however, Casey pointed out that all of the schools are undergoing their standard, annual deep cleaning. That includes carpet shampooing, pressure washing, floor finishing, thorough desk cleaning – top and bottom, blind cleaning, and much more.