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Drainage Issues A Concern at All CCR-1 Schools
By Mike Scott
Problems caused by poor drainage are a serious problem at all of the Clark County R-1 district buildings. Last week we looked at concerns at the elementary buildings, this week we will look at the Middle School and High School needs.
On Tuesday, November 24, the CCR-1 District continued its facility meetings at the Middle School and High School, to gather public input into the condition and needs of the school district’s building in the coming years.
The district contracted Klinger and Associates to conduct a review of all the districts’ buildings and grounds, and to make recommendations of improvements needed.
At the Middle School, the engineers identified severely deteriorated sidewalks along Chestnut Street. Many have tripping hazards created by heaving and settling.
The middle school parking lot is severely potholed, and the west edge is not well defined. Old foundations exposed present potential hazards, and there are no storm water inlets.
The Middle School has problem controlling the heating, especially in the east wing, where teachers often open windows because it is too hot. The engineers recommended replacing the two-pipe hydronic heating system used in the gym and east wing within the next ten years.
Concerns expressed at Tuesday’s meeting were the condition of the parking lot, windows in the old wing of the school, plumbing in the rest rooms, locker room improvements, ventilation.
One major safety concern was brought up.
“It was brought up that we should have central access point into the building,” Principal Jason Church said. Currently, people can enter the building and classrooms without being seen by the office.
One of the major concerns of both the engineers and the public at the High School was the parking lo, which is severely potholed, which contributes to the poor drainage and is a potential hazard to vehicles and buses. The parking lots should be paved, recommends the report. Paving would improve delineation of parking spaces and proved safer traffic flow.
Drainage is also a problem at the Activity Field, where water stands under the bleachers.
The roof at the High School has had some leaks reported. Several other miscellaneous items were also noted, including door hardware in the library was not properly installed, so the library cannot be secured from inside; several doors do not have proper exit signs; the northwest gym door and band room doors leak water; and the building’s bell system malfunctions.
Several problems were noted in the field house, including poor indoor air quality, and inefficient heating and ventilation. The electrical and plumbing systems are also in poor condition.
Problems noted by the public include locker room partitions, parking lot lighting, differing sink heights, problems with the front doors and the need for more efficient heating controls.
The district is forming a public advisory committee to review and prioritize the engineers’ findings as well as the concerns of the public.
In April, 2010, the district plans to ask voters for a “no tax increase” bond issue, which would extend the payments on the current bond, rather than increase property taxes. That money would be used to begin facility improvements.