Bexley City Schools' operations department is busy with repairs and cleaning in preparation for the start of school.

Bexley City Schools' operations department is busy with repairs and cleaning in preparation for the start of school.

Work began in mid-July to replace the damaged concrete steps and surface on the Bexley Middle School front porch.

The heating and cooling system will be fixed in the Montrose Elementary gymnasium because it was too cold in the winter and too warm in the spring, director of operations Barry Zwick said.

The interior doors at the Cassingham Complex and Montrose Elementary will be replaced.

Work is ongoing on the high school stadium project. Zwick said the school district is getting a quote to install a rubberized surface for the eighth lane of the track.

The blacktop area on the playground at Maryland Elementary also is being replaced to fill in cracks that were so large they caused people to trip, Zwick said.

Some painting will be done in district classrooms, gyms and hallways, he said.

Carpet at Montrose and the Cassingham Complex is being removed but it won't be replaced. Some students are allergic to the carpet and it stains easily, Zwick said.

"Every year we take three or four rooms and put in vinyl tile," he said. "It is clean, looks better and lasts longer."

The district maintains a five-year plan for such improvements. School district officials tour the buildings in the spring to reassess the list.

Work also has started on the district's classroom technology centers. The district received a $95,000 grant from the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation to improve technology access for students and faculty. The grant will be used to construct and install wall-mounted technology centers and workstations.

"We will not be done until February or March," Zwick said. "The first thing we are trying to do is prepare rooms for the shelving."

Zwick said the school district removes items from classrooms in the summer so they can be cleaned. It took the technology staff at least two weeks to reinstall the computers, he said.

The technology department also will replace traditional classroom computer monitors with LCD monitors that are much more energy efficient, technology director Paul Ross said.

"We have been able to get some very aggressive pricing on the LCDs," he said.