The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 29, 2008

Summer maintenance winding up at the Carlisle School

This summer the Carlisle School maintenance staff has worked hard on their “to do” list. A few projects are still in progress but are scheduled to be completed before the opening of school on September 2.

“The most challenging aspect about the summer work is trying to get what we need to get done, both in-house and contracted, with people using the facilities,” explained Buildings and Grounds Supervisor David Flannery. The staff had to put in extended hours. Starting with Old Home Day in June, “we had quite a bit of facility use by the school and community.” Flannery said. The Carlisle Recreation camp, “Summer Fun,” used the gyms in the Corey Building as well as a classroom in Wilkins. The Carlisle School had programs as well, including their own two-week “Summer Fun” camp and Special Education classes. “There have also been several meetings and workshops around campus during June, July and August by the faculty,” he added. Tuesday music lessons for students were held in the Wilkins Building.

Interior work

• Two classrooms in the Spalding Building received new floor treatments, tile was installed in one and new carpet in a second.

• The CASE (Concord Area Special Education) room was moved to the Robbins Building and the health classroom to Spalding Building.

• Ceiling fans were installed in the second-floor classrooms of the Robbins Building.

• Both the world language classroom and the middle school math room received new furniture.

• Eight white boards were installed in various classrooms.

• The Corey Auditorium and the Music Room received a new sound system and lockdown security hardware.

• The Corey gym floor was refinished.

• Carbon monoxide detectors were installed in Grant, Spalding and Wilkins Buildings.

• A new stove and milk cooler were installed in the kitchen.

Exterior work

• The staff painted the exterior of the Wilkins and Robbins Buildings.

• The cracked steps outside of the Corey Building were repaired.

• The brush and weeds were cleared alongside the stairs to Spalding Field.

• Two trees, which were damaged by lightning at the Carlisle Castle, were removed.

• Two new bike racks were installed on campus.

• Trash can covers on the plaza were replaced.

Projects in progress

• Water damage repairs and painting in the Corey dining room.

• Installation of safety cables for the basketball backstop winches.

• Bleacher repairs and upgrades in Corey Gym.

• Roof repairs to the Corey Building.

• Waterproofing the masonry on the Corey Building.

No mold or bugs

With an eye to the wet weather, Flannery had the seven dehumidifiers in constant use, moving them from building to building, which resulted in a mold-free summer, he said. “Termite bait traps outside Spalding were inspected over the summer with no evidence of activity,” he reported. The fire alarm system was inspected and tested. Energy audits of the school and wastewater treatment facility are scheduled.


Flannery noted staffing was challenging for several reasons. One reason was that due to the reduced school budget a part-time custodian position was cut. “Two full-time custodians were out on medical leave, one for ten weeks and one for five, and another part-time custodian was out on family illness all summer,” he reported. “And then, of course, the remaining staff had scheduled vacations. In an effort to overcome this, I hired a high school student to work with the remaining staff and most of the staff has been working longer hours each day.” The staff has been working weekends since June.

To augment his staff, he contracted out services for cleaning several rooms in the Wilkins Building and the library in the Robbins Building, to refinish the gym floor, and used a local landscaper to help maintain the grounds. He added, “I think, considering the circumstances, we managed very well this summer, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the remaining custodial staff. We are very lucky to have them.”

When asked about the overtime and contracting costs, Flannery said there is “some overtime built into the FY09 budget and we have used a good portion of it. Let’s hope for a mild winter. Right now the maintenance budget is okay.” ∆

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