Public school students returned to cleaner, brighter and, in some cases, safer schools last week thanks to the Rainy River District School Board’s “Summer Works” program.
Alberton, Robert Moore, Riverview, Rainy River High School, Donald Young, Huffman, and Sixth Street all received paint jobs in at least one room, and floors were retiled at Robert Moore, Sixth Street, DYS, Sturgeon Creek, Riverview, Atikokan High School, and RRHS.
Specific summer maintenance projects included:
•RRHS—replace lockers, new shelving, new wiring in the school library, and change air filters;
•Riverview—repair traps in boys’ washroom and fix emergency lighting system;
•Huffman—install new vanity shelves and a new office area;
•Sixth Street—remove carpets from two rooms, library moved to basement, and opened and cleaned boilers;
•Sturgeon Creek Alternative—remove lockers and deliver new furniture;
•Robert Moore—move, set up, and rewire the central library, move the curriculum services area, and install exhaust fans in the computer workroom;
•Sturgeon Creek—repair the hot water tank;
•Alexander MacKenzie—open and clean boiler, and repair the alarm system;
•FFHS—construct a roadway to McIrvine Road, repair door hardware and new locks installed, tag room plug-ins, and repair a walk-in cooler, hot water tank, and air conditioner;
•North Star (Atikokan)—remove unsafe playground equipment and inspect fire alarm sensors; and
•AHS—inspect fire alarm sensors, replace broken windows, replace the transformer, repair a roof section, paint lockers, build cupboards for installation in the board office here, and install offices for Atikokan Police Service and Family & Children Services.
New to the summer maintenance program this year was the lawn care program, where a board employee and a summer students kept the grass cut and trimmed within Fort Frances and the west end of the district.
McCrosson-Tovell and Nestor Falls schools were not part of this program due to the distance. The grass at those schools were done by contract.
A review of this process will be done with consultation with principals as to the time saved by the custodians.
And given the board has yet to find any buyers for the old Fort High on First Street East, the board opened its boilers, removed the best cores and door locks, shut off power to parts of the school, and repaired the building’s fire alarms over the summer.
The “Summer Works” program employed four district students as well as a number of contract personnel.