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