Board okays work at M-S schools

While there’s a major construction project getting underway at Middletown Prairie, Mahomet-Seymour district leaders are still handling some maintenance at the other schools.

At Monday’s meeting, the school board approved plans to air-condition another section of Mahomet-Seymour Junior High.

That process began four years ago, with the board approving the installation of AC units for one section of the building at a time. MSJH had a reputation among students and teachers as the hottest building in the district when temperatures rose at the beginning and end of the school year.

The latest installation will finish the building’s main hallway, covering the last six rooms. Johnston said that another two rooms off the courtyard would be furnished with window units that are no longer needed at Lincoln Trail.

Davis Electric was hired to complete the electrical upgrade needed to install the units at $18,828, while Davis-Houk will complete the AC work at $27,985.

The board also improved a district-wide roof inspection covering all M-S’ buildings.

The infrared test is designed to “detect the moisture in the underlying insulation in these roofs,” Superintendent Rick Johnston said, noting that it will allow staff to pinpoint problems. 

The Garland Company will complete the work at a cost not to exceed $10,000.

Board President Max McComb said that the work would benefit the high school, where roof leaks have been a longtime
problem. 

“We know where we’re getting water in the building, but we’re not sure where the water is penetrating the roof,” he said.

Board member Becky Ryherd, who took part in a recent facilities tour that highlighted problem areas, said that she felt the inspection would help staff focus their efforts.

“I think this is a great way to target where the worst areas are,” she said.

Meanwhile, Johnston said, newly hired contractor Broeren Russo is already eyeing work at Middletown Prairie.

Last month, the firm was hired to handle the expansion of the school to accommodate first- and second-graders starting in the fall of 2018.

Johnston said that some initial site work on the west side of the school, adjacent to the administration wing of the existing building, could start within 10 days.

He added that construction traffic will be routed to the south side of the building, away from school traffic, and that the area where work is taking place will be fenced in.

Read more school board coverage in this week's Mahomet Citizen

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