It may be summer break, but Tecumseh Public Schools facilities are a hub of activity with summer maintenance projects in full swing. Soon after classes are dismissed on the last day of school the Facilities and Maintenance Department jumps into high gear.
“Part of what we are working on is business as usual with deep cleaning and building maintenance, but there is also a lot of work happening on larger projects this summer,” said Josh Mattison, Director of Facilities.
The largest, and perhaps most notable projects include the installation of a new building façade, and construction of a new playground with ADA-accessible ramp at Compass Learning Center. The Board of Education approved the projects at its June meeting, with the $338,861 contract awarded to McDonald Roofing & Sheet Metal for the façade work and a $49,950 contract to F & S Landscape for the playground and ramp project.
“The mortar on the brick face of Compass Learning Center began to deteriorate and it was determined that the installation of a metal façade on the building would provide more lasting protection at a better cost,” Mattison said. “The creation of a new playground was the result of parent feedback, and the ramp will ensure that all learners have access to the play space as well as the softball and football fields.”
Framing for the façade is expected to begin July 23 with the metal sheeting to be installed approximately one week following. Excavation for the playground access ramp is expected to begin July 19.
In addition to the work happening at Compass Learning Center:
- Each building will receive its annual deep cleaning and regularly scheduled maintenance.
- All halls and corridors at Compass Learning Center and Tecumseh High School will receive a fresh coat of paint.
- The hard surface floors in all six district school buildings are being stripped and refinished.
- Asphalt repairs, sealing, and painting are underway at several district buildings, and the track located at Compass Learning Center was resealed.
- Wireless technology upgrades will occur at the high school
“We take the upkeep and care of our facilities seriously, and work hard to provide the best possible environment for our learners,” Mattison said. “Our teams will be hard at work ensuring our schools will be safe, clean, and in excellent repair when learners return to class in September.”