Delaware News

Small projects tide over Delaware schools


Routine summer building maintenance is being completed in Delaware schools, but any additional renovations and updates are on hold for the time being.

Larry Davis, director of facilities and transportation, said district leaders are continuing to work on design plans for the building renovations approved with the passage of a bond issue in May.

No new projects will begin until plans are complete.

Work will begin in the winter at Schultz Elementary School, with significant construction expected to begin in March 2014, Davis said.

The new roof at Woodward Elementary School has been completed, as have a few other smaller projects, including routine painting, he said. However, the routine sealing of asphalt was not completed this summer.

Routine inspections of buildings for safety and health are in process, he said.

At the school board meeting scheduled Monday, July 15, an update on maintenance and transportation will be given to the board. The board also will hear an update on the progress of design plans since the passage of the bond issue.

Estimates on the number of students who will use district transportation will be given, as will a report from the Ohio Highway Patrol on whether all the district's school buses are "road-worthy," Davis said.

Routes are being coordinated and finalized for the 2013-14 school year this week, Davis said.

According to the district's website, the district runs 41 buses that cover 41 square miles during the school year, with an average of 1,600 miles per day in travel for drivers.

"We are getting our school buses cleaned and inspected in order to get ready for the first day of school on Aug. 14," Davis said.