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Champion High plans upgrades

CHAMPION — School officials are discussing needed improvements at the high school that involve enhancing security and getting air conditioning in classrooms.

Mark Harper, director of facilities, told the board of education last week about various projects to be done this summer.

Harper said for security at the high school, cameras and recorders will be upgraded at a cost of $27,000, and the access controls for the front high school and board office doors will be updated at a cost of $9,000.

Harper said he is getting quotes for installing air conditioning in all classrooms at the high school to improve air quality in the rooms and provide a better educational atmosphere for the students.

Most sections of the high school have no air conditioning, but the new PK-8 school has air conditioning throughout the building.

He said the units being considered also can generated heat should a boiler problem arise at the high school. Harper also is getting estimates on replacing the roof-top units that service seven internal rooms that do not have windows. He said the units, which are over 20 years old, provide fresh air and air conditioning to the rooms.

“These units need replaced. Their life expectancy is coming to an end,” Harper said.

Plans are also to replace the main entrance door at the high school, which is starting to rust, at a cost of $25,000.

OUTSIDE IMPROVEMENTS

For the outside of the building, drainage issues plague the football stadium and practice football field area. He said staff will install the drainage lines, so the only cost is for materials at $8,000.

At the PK-8 School, improvements to sidewalks and entrances are planned. The new school was opened three years ago.

A new sidewalk to the entry area by the gym also is planned, as is widening the sidewalk entryway at the eastern side entrance to prevent people from being on the lawn. Work on sidewalks is estimated at $8,500.

Harper said a main project is the bus garage parking lot, which is falling apart and has been patched. The 18,000-square-foot lot needs repaved at an estimated cost of $28,000 from Miller Yount Paving. School Superintendent John Grabowski said the project could have cost much more.

Grabowski said Harper and his staff have worked on many projects at the aging high school building.

“Many of the projects they have done themselves and saved the district thousands of dollars. They put in LED lights at the high school at under $20,000. It would have cost us over $120,000 or more to do. Because of their talents and their abilities to do the work in-house, we are saving money on our energy bills,” Grabowski said.

He said money from the permanent improvement levy make the projects possible and helps maintain the high school.

A renewal of a 1.5-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy is on the May primary ballot.

Treasurer Laurena Rouan has said the levy will generate about $125,000 annually for repairs at the high school building for boilers, air conditioning, walls and windows.

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