Crews continue work in Sedalia 200


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Delbert Clark, left, and Jerry Mathieu hang sheets of drywall to a new classroom in the Hariett Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The two men are part of the 11-man maintenance department for the Sedalia School District 200. The department has been remodeling a portion of the library to add two computer labs, a conference center and two classrooms to the building. The work began July 6 and is expected to be completed before school starts Aug. 27.


Mike Green, of Greenswater Proofing, works on tuck pointing the exterior of Smith-Cotton Junior High early Thursday morning. Green had been working on the building for three days and said he expected the project would take until the end of the month to complete. “I did Horace Mann Elementary last month and both buildings were pretty rough,” Green said.


Steve Lane cuts a piece of piping for a section of wire rack that is being installed in the ceiling of a new computer lab in the Harriett Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The rack will hold all the cable and wiring for the computers and electrical equipment used in the room. “It is Steve’s design,” Jordan Polk said. “It makes it so much easier if they need to access the wiring for any reason,” Polk added.


Charlie Vose cuts a section of insulation for the walls in one of the classroom being constructed in the library at Smith-Cotton High School. The project began July 6 and is expected to be completed in a total of six weeks. “One of the best things is that I work with a crew of very talented, great guys,” Richie Simons, head of maintenance for the district, said.


Earl Rasa places electrical tape on a section of wiring he is fitting into an electrical box. Rasa is an electrician by trade who also does HVAC work for the district. Richie Simons, head of maintenance for the district, said “each person in maintenance seems to specialize in one area but they can work in every area.”


By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Delbert Clark, left, and Jerry Mathieu hang sheets of drywall to a new classroom in the Hariett Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The two men are part of the 11-man maintenance department for the Sedalia School District 200. The department has been remodeling a portion of the library to add two computer labs, a conference center and two classrooms to the building. The work began July 6 and is expected to be completed before school starts Aug. 27.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd071715repairs11.jpgDelbert Clark, left, and Jerry Mathieu hang sheets of drywall to a new classroom in the Hariett Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The two men are part of the 11-man maintenance department for the Sedalia School District 200. The department has been remodeling a portion of the library to add two computer labs, a conference center and two classrooms to the building. The work began July 6 and is expected to be completed before school starts Aug. 27.

Mike Green, of Greenswater Proofing, works on tuck pointing the exterior of Smith-Cotton Junior High early Thursday morning. Green had been working on the building for three days and said he expected the project would take until the end of the month to complete. “I did Horace Mann Elementary last month and both buildings were pretty rough,” Green said.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd071715repairs21.jpgMike Green, of Greenswater Proofing, works on tuck pointing the exterior of Smith-Cotton Junior High early Thursday morning. Green had been working on the building for three days and said he expected the project would take until the end of the month to complete. “I did Horace Mann Elementary last month and both buildings were pretty rough,” Green said.

Steve Lane cuts a piece of piping for a section of wire rack that is being installed in the ceiling of a new computer lab in the Harriett Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The rack will hold all the cable and wiring for the computers and electrical equipment used in the room. “It is Steve’s design,” Jordan Polk said. “It makes it so much easier if they need to access the wiring for any reason,” Polk added.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd071715repairs31.jpgSteve Lane cuts a piece of piping for a section of wire rack that is being installed in the ceiling of a new computer lab in the Harriett Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The rack will hold all the cable and wiring for the computers and electrical equipment used in the room. “It is Steve’s design,” Jordan Polk said. “It makes it so much easier if they need to access the wiring for any reason,” Polk added.

Charlie Vose cuts a section of insulation for the walls in one of the classroom being constructed in the library at Smith-Cotton High School. The project began July 6 and is expected to be completed in a total of six weeks. “One of the best things is that I work with a crew of very talented, great guys,” Richie Simons, head of maintenance for the district, said.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd071715repairs41.jpgCharlie Vose cuts a section of insulation for the walls in one of the classroom being constructed in the library at Smith-Cotton High School. The project began July 6 and is expected to be completed in a total of six weeks. “One of the best things is that I work with a crew of very talented, great guys,” Richie Simons, head of maintenance for the district, said.

Earl Rasa places electrical tape on a section of wiring he is fitting into an electrical box. Rasa is an electrician by trade who also does HVAC work for the district. Richie Simons, head of maintenance for the district, said “each person in maintenance seems to specialize in one area but they can work in every area.”
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd071718repairs51.jpgEarl Rasa places electrical tape on a section of wiring he is fitting into an electrical box. Rasa is an electrician by trade who also does HVAC work for the district. Richie Simons, head of maintenance for the district, said “each person in maintenance seems to specialize in one area but they can work in every area.”

With a little more than a month before the start of school Aug. 27, the Sedalia School District 200 is working diligently to ensure all district facilities are in the best possible condition for the students, staff and patrons.

Sedalia 200 uses a five-year plan to maintain tits buildings and grounds. This year the district has budgeted $1.1 million for maintenance projects.

A major portion of the budget is a remodel of the Harriet Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton High School. The remodel is part of the building project, which the board of education approved May 11.

The remodel of the library will take 4,000 square feet from the existing facility. It will add two computer labs, a conference room and two classrooms for the high school.

“We started work on this July 6,” Richie Simons, head of maintenance for Sedalia 200, said. “One of the best things is that I work with a crew of very talented, great guys.

“You can’t do a job like this without the right people,” he added. “The beauty of these guys is that each one of them seems to specialize in one area but they can all work in every area.”

Because the 11-member crew is so skilled, Simons expects the library job to be completed in six weeks.

“We’ll have it done before school starts,” Simons said.

The district had several projects as part of the five-year plan that have already been completed or are nearing completion.

“We’ve got a great maintenance staff and custodial staff who are able to get much of the work done in house,” Steve Triplett, assistant superintendent for building and grounds, said. “Some of the jobs are simply too big for our crews, but they do all they can.”

Some of the projects Sedalia staff have completed include tiling all of the upstairs classrooms at Washington Elementary and remodeling the bathrooms at Horace Mann Elementary. If time permits, they will also remodel the older bathrooms at Skyline Elementary.

The freshman infill area at Smith-Cotton is also nearing completion.

“All they need to do in that area is add the base molding to the walls, add the hardware to the classroom doors and move in the furniture,” Triplett said. “They still need to set the furniture in the rooms too and 200 new lockers need to be installed in the wing.”

Some of the projects that have been bid out include:

• Tuck pointing the exterior of Horace Mann Elementary and Smith-Cotton Junior High.

• Cutting and grinding portions of sidewalks that need repair throughout the district.

• Refinishing the wood floors in the gyms at Horace Mann, SCJHS, and SCHS.

• Resurfacing a portion of the parking lots at SCHS.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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