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Friday, August 28, 2009

Carlisle School uses summer break for maintenance projects

The custodians at the Carlisle School always take advantage of the summer vacation to tackle a host of projects, both large and small. The list seems endless, but Building and Grounds Supervisor David Flannery keeps his team on track to finish by school’s opening day.

Carpets, equipment in classrooms. Middle school student lockers were replaced in two classrooms in the Wilkins building (due to the narrowness of the Wilkins’ hallway, lockers are located in classrooms) and floor repairs in classrooms were completed. Carpets and new furniture were added to the World Language classroom on the second floor of the Grant building. The music classroom and office in Corey received a fresh coat of paint and new carpets.

The staff managed the humidity levels in the Spalding, Robbins and Grant buildings by running large dehumidifiers. “We were mold free this summer,” said Flannery.

Security, technology. To improve security in the Corey building the staff installed locking door hardware. The fire alarm system was inspected and tested in all buildings. Flannery said data-entry work was performed on the Facility Wizard Program software, a facilities tracking system.

Flannery said 12 new electronic whiteboards were installed in classrooms. The new “Eno” boards, made by PolyVision, are approximately half the cost of the older version of electronic whiteboards and can be written on with any marker.

Piano, projector installed in Corey Auditorium. The Corey auditorium received a new dimmer board for the stage lights, and a new ceiling mounted LCD projector which will interface with the sound system. “There was not any kind of projector in the auditorium previously,” explained Flannery. “It had to be wheeled over from another building when needed.”

A new grand piano was installed in the auditorium. The piano was purchased with funds raised by the Carlisle School music department’s “88 Keys” piano fundraiser.

Outside projects. The staff repaired the sidewalk in front of the Corey building, painted lines in the parking lot, repaired the roof on the Spalding building, and performed maintenance on the Corey rooftop HVAC units. A certified arborist was hired to perform tree pruning. A safety barrier was erected at the gas service pipe at the rear of the Corey building and a concrete pad was installed for an emergency generator that runs the well pump.

Pending or in progress work. As August began, the staff had a short list to finish, said Flannery. Included is painting the exterior of the Brick building, replacing the dumpster enclosure fence at the Highland building, waterproofing the exterior masonry on the Corey building, refinishing the gym floor, repairing the Robbins building roof and installing a defibrillator by the Corey gym.

The staff will be installing instant hot water units in the Brick building and making changes to the hot water tanks in the Corey building, recommendations which were received from the Massachusetts Department of Energy’s audit. ∆

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