The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 26, 2013

Officials hope work nears completion

By Scott Levine Herald Associate Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — FULTON, Ill. — Work is continuing at Fulton High School and officials are hoping that some of that work concludes before basketball season.

A buildings and grounds committee met Wednesday to discuss ongoing repairs to the commons and the boiler. Maintenance custodian Jerry Morrow said the doors to the commons are about 50 percent repaired, and the lights and the counter for the concession stand will be started soon.

River Bend School Board member Chris Barnett stressed the importance of getting the commons area completed before winter activities begin.

With about two months to go before the first home basketball game, time is running out, Fulton High School Principal Chris Tennyson said.

“These are the things that need to be addressed,” Tennyson said. “When people are walking into this area, you want them to think, ‘wow, what an area.’”

Morrow said the lights can be started soon, but he will need to order samples for the concession stand counter. The board recommended stainless steel as the best option.

As winter approaches, the high school may still be without a durable boiler.

Morrow reported to the committee that the company in charge of the school’s boiler is behind in its work, causing some of the committee members to question if it will work when the students and teachers need it.

Work was supposed to be completed in the summer, but Morrow said the company said its about eight weeks behind on other work. The boiler will work, Morrow said, but its dependability worried Tennyson.

“It’s a bad thing if we lose heat in the winter,” Tennyson said. “What if it (the boiler) doesn’t hold? The boiler definitely concerns me.”

Morrow will call the company this week to discuss the issue. If nothing can be done soon, board members said other companies may be explored.

Other maintenance

Although teachers and volunteers have helped weed out areas around playgrounds and buildings at the middle and elementary schools in Fulton, that responsibility will now be directed to the head custodian at those schools.

Fulton Elementary Principal Elizabeth Clark and River Bend Middle School Principal Kathleen Schipper said teachers and volunteers have recently picked weeds around the preschool and middle school.

Those duties now will be on the head custodian. Also, making sure the elementary playground is in compliance with safety regulations will be Morrow’s responsibility.