Improvements abound for 2017-18 L-S school year (Hometown Press article)

posted Sep 8, 2017, 10:02 PM by

Improvements abound for 2017-18 L-S school year

Classes may not have been in session the months of June, July, and most of August, but that doesn’t mean the classrooms and hallways of Lynnville-Sully were not full of activity. Over the summer months, a wide variety of facility improvements took place, ranging from new flooring to electrical work.

According to L-S Superintendent Shane Ehresman, the school was a hub of activity as many areas were improved upon based on recommendations by the L-S District Building and Equipment Committee, a group composed of school board members, administrators, teachers, coaches, advisors, teachers, and community members. While some facility improvements are visible and immediately grab visitors’ attention, several completed projects cannot be seen but have made an immediate impact and will continue to do so in years to come.

Elementary students walk outside to recess on the new epoxy-coated floors that were finished over the summer.

Accents Concrete in Newton was on site for one week resurfacing flooring in the elementary and middle school hallways, front elementary office area, middle school locker area, and K-1 bathrooms. Worn and dated carpet was removed and replaced with a full-flake epoxy flooring, which will be easier to maintain and provide a cleaner school environment.

New directional signage as well as classroom identification signs now welcome visitors and returning students. Each K-12 classroom is clearly identified with the classroom name and teacher/staff member. Visitors, parents, and students not familiar with the building will find several directional signs located at various points in the elementary, middle school, and high school levels that will help them navigate to their destination within the school easily.

The district office received a facelift with new carpet and paint. Custodial staff also painted several elementary classrooms and bathrooms over the summer.

The small space in the elementary which once housed the technology server was freed up when associates from Sully Telephone Association moved all technological equipment to a new server room in the high school. The move to a larger space will improve internet efficiency and maintenance. The vacated elementary server room now houses Mrs. Taylor’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) classroom.

Lynnville-Sully has launched a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Gateway Program for middle school students this school year. PLTW is a program that illuminates the range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) paths and possibilities students can look forward to in high school and beyond. A room in the high school was repurposed over the summer months to house the PLTW lab. Learn more about this Gateway program in a future issue of the “Hometown Press.”

The high school concession stand received several improvements, including new electrical wiring and outlets, a tile floor, and stainless steel tables. Hawk fans supporting volleyball, basketball, and wrestling activities will be beneficiaries of the improved services.

More facility improvements were completed outside. A custom-built archway was designed, fabricated, and installed by Co-Line Welding, Inc. in early August for the ticket booth near the football field and all-weather track. The attractive piece, which spans the length of the booth, is one of the final touches to the Race to the Finish campaign that was instrumental in raising funds for the all-weather track.

Musco Lighting was a familiar contractor at the school over the summer months as they replaced several light bulbs on the baseball and softball fields, as well as all light bulbs on the football field. Light covers on the football field were also cleaned and fixtures re-aimed, just in time for the start of football season.

Prior to the start of classes on Aug. 23, school employees Ken Van Soelen and Kelvin Vander Weerdt removed fencing from the school’s south parking lot. Ehresman notes the old fence didn’t serve a purpose since middle school recess is no longer held there. The district community relations committee recommended the fence removal.