Crews push to finish local school projects before students arrive

On top of Three Oaks Elementary School in Cary, nine workers are placing insulation, rubber membranes and gravel on the building.

The Anthony Roofing employees are working 10-hour days during the roof replacement project – the previous 6,500-square-foot roof had leaking problems – as part of a push to get done before the students arrive for class Aug. 26, project foreman Brian Altman said.

“It was an old roof,” Altman said.

The roof project is part of the $2 million in capital projects scheduled to be done this summer in District 26. And it’s just one of many school construction projects happening in McHenry County this summer as local districts prepare for the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

In Huntley District 158, in addition to a multimillion-dollar athletic field upgrade at Huntley High School, $700,000 in other capital projects are taking place, said Doug Renkosik, director of operation and maintenance.

In addition to deep cleaning of schools, floor repairs, safety inspections and other preventive maintenance, the playground safety surfaces at Martin Elementary and Leggee Elementary are being replaced, and masonry work at Mackeben Elementary is being done, among other projects.

“These are things we do to keep the district facilities in good shape,” Renkosik said. “That’s a small investment to try to keep the value of the facilities.”

The athletic field update, which includes putting new synthetic turf on the football, baseball and soccer fields, is running on schedule, Renkosik said. That project is budgeted for $3.64 million.

The football field should be ready for the first home game, Renkosik said.

Crystal Lake-based District 155 has $3.2 million of capital projects for this summer. They include replacing bleachers at Crystal Lake South High’s football field and the field house at Crystal Lake Central.

At Crystal Lake South, fans would stand on the track during football games. The new bleachers are expected to increase capacity from 1,800 to 3,800 people. A new press box is included as part of the project.

The new bleachers at South and Central also will make those seating areas compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The district included new lockers in the boys’ locker room at Central, renovations of two science labs at Cary-Grove High School and parking lot resurfacing at Cary-Grove, Haber, Prairie Ridge and South.

District 12 in Johnsburg had asbestos removed from Ringwood School.

At Woodstock District 200, the $50,000 worth of projects this summer included seal coating parking lots at some schools and playground work at Dean Street Elementary School and Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center.

Summer help was hired to perform seal coating, crack filling and striping of parking lots at Northwood Middle School and Greenwood Elementary, among other schools, said Ken Roiland, director of buildings and grounds for District 200.

At Woodstock North High School, workers converted an office into two offices “to make a better use of space,” Roiland said. A lot of work was done in-house, he added.

The district doesn’t have large projects every year and concentrates on smaller projects to help ensure the buildings last as long as possible.

“Sometimes it’s small maintenance projects to take care of the property entrusted to us,” Roiland said.

In Fox River Grove District 3, portions of the roofs at both Algonquin Road Elementary School and Fox River Grove Middle School are being replaced, Superintendent Tim Mahaffy said.

The district is spending $325,000 on the projects, which are scheduled to be completed by Aug. 14. The district is hoping to qualify for a $50,000 grant from the state to help offset some of the costs.

Mahaffy said the district has been saving for these projects over the past few years as part of a master plan, which was created after a roof audit was performed to identify areas that were most in need.

Mahaffy said there were some leaks here and there over the last five years.

“This [project] will make it so we keep those buckets in the closet,” Mahaffy said.


First days of school around McHenry County

• Nippersink District 2: Aug. 21

• Fox River Grove District 3: Aug. 21

• Johnsburg District 12: Aug. 20

• McHenry Elementary District 15: Aug. 12

• Riley District 18: Aug. 20

• Alden-Hebron District 19: Aug. 19

• Cary District 26: Aug. 26

• Harrison District 36: Aug. 21

• Prairie Grove District 46: Aug. 21

• Crystal Lake Elementary District 47: Aug. 28

• Harvard District 50: Aug. 21

• Marengo High School District 154: Aug. 19

• Crystal Lake High School District 155: Aug. 26

• McHenry High School District 156: Aug. 12

• Richmond-Burton High School District 157: Aug. 21

• Huntley District 158: Aug. 21

• Marengo-Union District 165: Aug. 19

• Woodstock District 200: Aug. 15

• Carpentersville District 300: Aug. 14

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