The Dublin City School District is committed to maximizing our community's investment in our school facilities.
Maintaining infrastructures of the schools to provide a safe environment for all the students, staff and community is priority one for the district's operations department.
This summer the district will spend close to $4 million dollars on building enhancements spread throughout all of our schools.
Because of the incredible job the district's operations teams have performed over the years in maintaining more than 20 facilities, the schools maintain a youthful appearance and remain safe and compliant buildings. In reality, many of our schools have been in operation more than 25 years, some more than 30 and some even more than that.
In addition to the age of the schools, our facilities experience significant "wear and tear" because the buildings rarely shut their doors.
During the week school is in session and on the weekends community groups ranging from churches to organized sports teams will make use of these public spaces.
Summer remains our best opportunity to perform large scale upgrades with the least amount of disruption.
Last year the district asked two architectural firms to perform building assessments on all of our schools.
The reports that were generated from this work provided us a detailed road map on how best to prioritize efforts in regard to capital repair and/or replacement.
The capital schedule is a living document, continually receiving updates as applicable. Prioritization of the many repairs and replacements is a difficult task, balancing the needs of each individual school against a finite budget.
As our district grows and these schools continue to age, we will be working to identify a dedicated revenue stream to help us continue to maintain our facilities.
The Dublin City School District is proud of the fact that we have been able to stretch a three-year levy cycle into five years, via sound fiscal management and operational efficiencies.
This summer we have what many would call a wide range of infrastructure related projects set to go, or what we in operations would call an exciting summer on tap.
Close to half of the summer budget will be spent on replacing chillers and boilers from the 1980sand 1990s at Chapman, Indian Run, Thomas and Wyandot elementary schools, Davis Middle School and Coffman High School.
Asphalt repair and replacement will take place at Karrer Middle School; Deer Run, Eli Pinney, Olde Sawmill and Scottish Corners elementary schools and at Coffman.
New floors will be installed in the elementary commons area at Wright, Bailey and Scottish Corners elementary schools. Jerome High School's main gym floor will be completely refinished.
Exterior masonry work to the brick is planned at Riverside, Indian Run and Deer Run elementary schools and Sells Middle School. Roof repair is on tap for Riverside and Deer Run.
Scioto is scheduled to have its entire track refurbished with improved drainage.
The list of capital upgrades and schools continues with plumbing repairs, drainage tile installations, carpentry projects, painting, etc.
The district's operations team will be very busy this summer.
When the dismissal bell rings May 25, the last day of school, that's when the clock starts for us. We have until the first day of school, Aug. 16, to wrap up what will be a very ambitious summer.
Regardless of the time of year, my department will stay focused on its top priority: Maintaining the infrastructures of our schools to provide a safe environment for all of our students, staff and community.
Jeff Stark, the Dublin City School District's director of business operations submitted the Schools Notes column.