District 51 works on schools while class is out

PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON—School District 51 does a bunch of maintenance projects every summer at various schools. These are usually bigger projects because they don’t have to worry about kids wandering around.Here at Fruita Monument High School construction workers remodel class rooms for the new officer area at the entrance to the school.Art to go with Emily’s story.Sent as 070610 School maintenance.



When the students move out each summer, School District 51 maintenance workers move in.

Summer is busy season for repairs, remodeling and replacements across the district. Some projects, such as a remodeling project that will move the office at Fruita Monument High School, will be paid for with the last of leftover bond dollars from 2004, according to District 51 Maintenance and Operations Director Cal Clark.

Other projects are factored into the capital building project budget. The district budgeted $260,000 for capital projects in 2010-11, down from $701,526 the previous year, according to 2010-11 budget documents provided by the district.

Projects this summer include:

Relocating the main office from the second floor to the ground floor at Fruita Monument High School. When walking into the courtyard entrance off the student and faculty parking lot, people will see the principal and attendance office on the left and the office for the assistant principal and other administrative staff on the right.

Adding 550 square feet of space to Central High School’s kitchen.

Recarpeting Rocky Mountain Elementary and Dos Rios Elementary. The schools also will get new gym floors.

Replacing sidewalks and repairing steps outside the auditorium at Grand Junction High School.

Placing new walk-in freezers at Fruitvale Elementary and Fruita Middle School.

Replacing the roof over the gym and swimming pool area at Fruita Monument High School.

Finishing up replacing old windows and changing out swamp coolers at Nisley and Fruitvale elementary schools.

Replacing the grease trap at Nisley Elementary.

Partially replacing sewer line at Orchard Mesa Middle School.

District 51 also will work on maintenance projects that are reserved for the summer each year, such as painting, which will occur this year at Clifton Elementary, Mesa View Elementary, Palisade High, and Rocky Mountain Elementary. The district also tests back-flow-prevention devices and emergency generators at each school each summer, and it will refinish gym floors at 14 schools this summer.

On top of that, “We complete all the outstanding work orders that we can,” Clark said. “A lot of that work we have to put off until summer because it’s impossible to take care of during the school year. We need to have the buildings empty for noise and safety considerations.”

Energy-efficiency projects will be performed in local schools this summer by contractors hired by Trane, a company that agreed to perform the work for no up-front cost. The district will gradually pay Trane back for the work with utility savings, according to Clark. Trane has guaranteed the district a certain level of savings because of its work.

Trane projects this summer include:

Replacing boilers at Nisley Elementary and Fruita Monument High School.

Installing solar-sensitive skylights at Dos Rios and Pear Park elementary schools.

Constructing a vestibule at Palisade High School to keep cold air out of the front lobby.

Replacing electric ovens with gas ovens.

Finishing some lighting retrofits at Bookcliff Middle, Chipeta Elementary, the Career Center and administrative buildings.

Replacing variable-air-volume boxes, which control air flow and temperature in HVAC systems, with digitally controlled boxes in all of Palisade High and in the library and counselor area at Grand Junction High School.

Checking the computerized HVAC system that encompasses the whole district to make sure it’s working properly.


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