Numerous School Improvement Projects Planned During Breaks
Numerous bond-funded school improvement projects are planned to take place at schools throughout the district – in Lincoln City, Toledo, Waldport and Newport – during the upcoming spring break and over the summer, when students and staff are out of school buildings.
Rich Belloni, director of support services for Lincoln County School District, says many people mistakenly believe the district has completed all bond-funded capital improvement projects. In fact, there is still quite a bit of work left to accomplish with funding from the $63 million bond measure that voters approved in May 2011. “We wrapped up our most visible projects, but we are plenty busy working other jobs,” Belloni said. “The two biggest projects we will be working on over summer is replacing the roof at Newport High and replacing classroom unit ventilators at Newport High, Taft Elementary, Toledo High and Newport Prep. This is a real scheduling deal to get this done in just eight weeks or so, before teachers and principals come back to school in August.”
For many years, Newport High School has been plagued with leaks in the south, west and north hallways. To solve this problem, the existing flat roof will be replaced with a peaked roof. This 30,000-square-foot section of roof covers 14 classrooms, a computer lab, and the school offices. Cost of this project is approximately $500,000. The project involves cutting out the old roof, building pony walls, building the new roof, then sheeting and shingling the new roof. “You have to have empty classrooms to do this,” Belloni said. “It makes a real mess.” Because of the tight schedule, as work crews finish one section of the new roof and move on, another work crew will immediately follow, installing new unit ventilators and digital controls in classrooms. In most classrooms, the existing radiator stretches along an entire wall; when this is replaced by an eight-foot ventilator unit, it leaves a long length of wall to be repaired. Also, air relief valves and pipes are being placed in the ceiling, and will be hidden from view behind newly installed T-bar or drop ceilings.
Once the roofing and unit ventilator work is completed, custodial staff will come in for extensive construction cleaning and general cleaning in preparation for the new school year.
Scheduled work – NORTH AREA:
Oceanlake Elementary School: This summer, the north hallway will be updated with a new ceiling and lights. This will improve the appearance of the school by hiding the many pipes and wires that have been added to the hallway ceilings through the years. If enough funds remain in the budget, two remaining restrooms will be updated.
Taft Elementary School: During summer break, new energy efficient windows will be installed along the west side of the building. To protect deteriorating brickwork and to create continuity of appearance between the old building and new classroom wing, new siding will be installed on the west side. Also, 21,000-square-feet of new roofing will be installed, covering about one-third of the school. Low maintenance and hardy landscaping will be added to the campus.
Taft High 7-12 School: Sixteen leaking windows will be replaced soon. The four football/soccer field lights have gone through their useful life; during spring break, they will be replaced, using a crane and concrete chainsaw to bring down the old lights and poles. The work is being performed by Musco Lighting, which supplied the field lights at the new Waldport High School. During the summer, the carpet in hallway by the media center will be replaced with VCT flooring.
Scheduled work – EAST AREA:
Toledo Elementary School: Decorative and sound-deadening plastic laminate panels will be hung on the walls near the gymnasium. The panels are being provided by Cascade Casework of Albany, and LCSD facilities and maintenance staff will do the installation. Also, the district will add landscaping around the new addition that will be hardy and low maintenance.
Toledo Junior/Senior High School: The boys and girls restrooms located near the main entrance are being extensively remodeled now. The two rooms have been gutted and will have all new sheetrock, flooring, fixtures, and more. This work is being done by LCSD facilities and maintenance staff. During spring break, new energy efficient windows will replace existing single-pane windows in classrooms along the north side; this work is being done by Waldport contractors John Wiles Jr. and Sage Walker. During the summer, T-bar ceilings will be installed in preparation for the unit ventilator work. Also, $125,000 worth of roofing will be replaced.
Scheduled work – SOUTH AREA:
Crestview Heights School and Waldport High School: Work will begin on improving the shared courtyard between the two school buildings. Staff members recently voted on a design and preliminary plans are being drawn up.
Scheduled work – WEST AREA:
Sam Case Primary School: During spring break, the school cafeteria will have a minor remodel, with a new serving station installed. The cost of this project is being shared by the school district’s food service provider, Sodexo, and LCSD facilities and maintenance. This summer, hallways will be updated with new ceilings and lights; this will improve the appearance of the school by hiding the many pipes and wires that have been added to the hallway ceilings through the years. Some minor landscaping improvements are planned, as well.
Newport Intermediate School: During spring break, the school hallways and commons will receive a fresh coat of paint by Robin Helgerson Painting of Waldport. Over the summer, two boilers now located in the ceiling above the kitchen will be moved into an existing storage area, and a new, 400-square-foot storage shed will be built at the northeast corner of the building.
Newport Prep Academy: Along with unit ventilator work during the summer, some additional classrooms will be updated.
Newport High School: Deteriorating siding is now being removed and replaced on the east and south sides of the multipurpose room. Currently, Quality Concrete is pouring a foundation for the school’s new theater room, to be located on the southwest side of the multipurpose room. Once the foundation is poured, S&J Construction of Newport will frame in the theater room and finish the exterior. The school theater had been located at the adjacent Newport Prep Academy campus, but the space is needed for special education classes. During spring break, energy efficient windows will be installed in the south hall. The work is being done by Lincoln City area contractors, Kelly Sigman and Eric Cochran.
With the opening of the new Waldport High School this past August, the school district has completed all scheduled new construction, totaling approximately 170,400 square feet. Along with the new WHS, it includes construction of classrooms and other school improvements at Oceanlake Elementary, Newport High, Newport Intermediate, Newport Prep Academy, Sam Case Primary, Taft Elementary, Taft High, Toledo Elementary, and Toledo Junior/Senior High.
Complete information about LCSD’s bond projects – including financial reports, work accomplished, and photos – can be found at www.lincoln.k12.or.us > Our District > Bond Projects.