FACILITIES UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2013
Bus Garage, Capital Project, Technology Infrastructure
On December 12th, we experienced a fire that destroyed a significant portion of the bus garage. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Although we experienced major damage, the building was not a total loss. A large part of the building must be demolished and rebuilt. The demolition will take place in late February, early March. The plans to rebuild must be approved by the State Education Department, so that will, unfortunately, add a delay. We hope the plans will be approved this spring so we can begin the reconstruction. We anticipate the bulk of the work being completed this summer. In the meantime, the maintenance department, which was completely destroyed, is working out of a temporary construction trailer and bus storage/ washing bay. Despite the challenging working conditions, all department functions have been ongoing. Our hard-working and dedicated maintenance staff should be commended for their patience, flexibility, and commitment to get the job done in a compromised environment.
The capital project, approved by the voters in October 2010 is entering its final phase. The work that will be completed this summer is boiler replacement and HVAC work at the Middle School and Tecumseh Elementary, the installation of new lights in the Moses DeWitt gymnasium ,and repair of the infrastructure around the pool at the Middle School.
We have also begun a significant upgrade to our technology infrastructure. J-D was one of the first districts to use a wireless network. It is now so old, it cannot support current function. Our hard wire network is suffering from the same condition. The wiring for the project is underway or already completed in all five buildings. The plan calls for the installation of the new wireless network next summer. Both networks should be ready for use in September 2013.