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July 11, 2013

Summer school maintenance projects underway

School’s out, but the classroom work continues.

That includes putting fresh coats of paint on interior walls and making sure school buildings are cared for while students enjoy summer vacation.

Derry and Londonderry school districts each have their own lists of what projects need to get done while school buildings are empty.

In Derry, it’s all about trying to save money but do the job.

School district Business Administrator Jane Simard said the district is trying to be frugal.

She said every summer schools submit a list of projects they would like to see done.

Simard and other staff do a typical walk-thru of the district’s facilities to also gauge what work might be needed most.

“We make a repair list of what we will do at the schools,” she said. “The majority of the work being requested at schools will be painting.”

That painting will be done mostly by an in-house custodial staff, Simard said, helping save money by not hiring a large number of summer workers.

“We only hired a handful of college students who are back,” she said. “We’re working on a lot less staff.”

Those college students will also help with painting, lawn work and will also work in the district’s warehouse moving furniture and other classroom items into the schools.

Many classrooms change over the course of a year too, Simard said, so the college workers will be kept busy.

“That’s been really helpful,” she said. “A lot of work is being done moving classrooms.”

In Londonderry, summer jobs include the basic upkeep and new paint but also some extra security measures voters approved in March.

Voters agreed to spend $170,000 to keep students safer.

The plan includes upgrading school security by adding a district-wide card access system, training and door monitoring/sensor systems.

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