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Tools and equipment line the office walls while workers maneuver around to help install a new HVAC unit in Liberty Middle School’s front office.
Though Liberty is also undergoing other projects such as locker repairs, the HVAC unit replacement is just one example of the many summer maintenance projects currently underway in Hanover schools.
The projects are a part of the district’s school-wide makeover this summer, which school officials estimate will cost $2 million.
“Financially the school division is in a better place than two or three years ago,” said David Myers, assistant superintendent of business and operations.
In recent years, the amount of maintenance was limited because of “budget reductions,” he added.
A number of Hanover schools will be visibly changed after the projects. Many schools will receive or already have had paint jobs. Also, several school parking lots will be re-paved.
Though there are multiple cosmetic upgrades underway, Myers said the school district focused first on addressing safety needs of the schools. Replacements of alarm system control panels are occurring at schools such as Beaverdam Elementary and Lee-Davis High School.
Myers said there are currently around 338 maintenance requests, but the number is subject to change depending on when the jobs are completed or if any others are added.
These requests for various repairs and improvements came primarily from principals, Myers said.
“Principals are still encouraged to send in their work orders while the projects are undergoing,” he added.
Other work orders and projects came from suggestions made by the joint-education committee, comprised of members of the School Board, Board of Supervisors and officials from both the county and school district.
The committee toured each school and suggested improvements to landscaping in addition to identifying areas in schools that needed painting.
“We’re gonna do it all,” said Myers.
Officials plan for all maintenance work and projects to be finished before the 2013-2014 school year starts in early September.