WARSAW — Tuesday afternoon, June 14, was busy for the Warsaw Community School Board as members toured the three construction sites, then met for their regular work session.
Those driving by the new Lincoln Elementary School will notice exterior block work is done. All structural steel, joists and decking are also completed. In the less visible parts of the building, work has continued on utilities and concrete block walls. Concrete slab has also been completed in all but the gymnasium.
This month’s goals are to complete the concrete slab and concrete block, begin exterior steel studs, start on the roofing and complete the sanitary sewer.
Across town, the additions and remodeling to Washington STEM Academy and Edgewood Middle School are taking shape quickly. Interior demolition has begun at Washington and re-roofing on the existing building is underway.
In the next 30 days, exterior brick work will begin at Washington and roofing for the addition will be completed. Work will continue on the infrastructure of the existing building. Utility-wise, new vertical-unit ventilators will be installed in both the existing and new areas of the building and a new chiller will be placed on the roof.
At Edgewood, science lab renovations are nearly complete while interior demolition has begun. Some goals for the next month include completing roofing, new brickwork and interior drywall in the addition, finishes like painting and ceilings, continuing mechanical infrastructure work and beginning new steel studs and drywall in the existing building.
Three new boilers are coming to Warsaw Community High School. The existing boilers date to 1991 and replacement parts are no longer available for them. The cost of the project will be $540,000. The boilers are designed to be more energy efficient, so the school is expected to see operational savings of around $77,000 and energy savings of around $27,000.
Harrison Elementary School will receive a new back entrance. The project coincides with upcoming renovations to Husky Trail. WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert believes the project is “a must” for easing traffic congestion.
New internet filters are coming to the schools. These, Chief Technology Officer Brad Hagg said, are “much more intelligent” than the old ones.
The new filters look at things like percentage of skin content on a page, swear words and context of certain words and blocks accordingly. The filters will work on school devices both on school property and at home. Hagg negotiated a three-year deal for $42,000, down from $45,000.
A new school check-in program will require visitors to scan an ID like a driver’s license or immigration document. This will trigger an instantaneous, nationwide background check. The person will then be issued a visitor’s pass and admitted to the main office.
If the background check yields red flags, trained office personnel will be alerted to handle the situation accordingly. The new system is expected to be in place some time after school year registration has ended.
The board discussed the following DEKKO grants:
- $28,000 for the Art DEKKO initiative at all WCS elementary schools
- $5,000 for the Omega gardens at Washington STEM Academy
- $3,000 for Science Central at Washington
- $20,447 for solar panels at Washington
- $8,825 for water bottle filling stations at Washington
WCS also received a $500 Kohl’s donation for Claypool Elementary School for fourth-grade students attending Camp Crosley and Gateway Media Center Received an anonymous donation.