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Mike Bitz: Summer is a busy time in schools

Layout 1 (Page 1)It has been less than a week since the 2012-13 school year came to an end; however, many students are already back on campus in summer school. In fact, roughly half of the 1,050 students we expect to enroll in high school next fall are scheduled to take classes at Mandan High School this summer. Well over 200 other students are registered for summer school at Mandan Middle School, and at Lewis & Clark and Fort Lincoln Elementary Schools. All told, close to 800 students will be enrolled in summer school classes in Mandan this year.

Summer is also a busy time for the maintenance staff. In addition to cleaning and doing minor repair work on each of the nine facilities, summer is a time when we try to complete any major repairs or renovations that need to be completed.

Ryan Lagasse, the facilities and transportation director, and his staff bring a comprehensive list of possible projects from each of the buildings in the district to the District Facilities Committee. The Facilities Committee reviews and prioritizes the list of projects and forwards the updated list to the school board for their review and approval. The school board looks at the prioritized list of projects and the dollars available from all funding sources and makes the final decisions about which projects are approved and which projects will need to wait.

Listed below are some of the more major projects in each of the building.

Custer Elementary – A rooftop air conditioning unit will be installed in the computer lab.

Fort Lincoln Elementary – Carpeting will be replaced in the library at Fort Lincoln and the second, third, and fifth grade classrooms will be retiled.

Lewis & Clark Elementary – A new gym floor will be installed and windows will be replaced in the library work room.

Mary Stark Elementary – The gym floor will be replaced and one a set of bathrooms will be updated.

Roosevelt Elementary – A section of the roof that has been leaking will be replaced.  In addition several rooms will be updated with new carpet.

Mandan Middle School – Concrete work will be done near the front entrance.

Mandan High School – New flooring will be installed in much of the CTE wing. This is necessary because of the water damage that occurred last October when we had a pipe break. In addition, new handicap assessable bleachers with railings and a new floor will be installed in the gymnasium.

The Bus Garage – Work needs to be done on the overheads doors at the bus shop

The Brave Center – Concrete work will be done outside the northwest entrance to help with drainage.

In addition to the projects listed above, construction will begin this summer on Red Trail Elementary School.  It is our hope to open this facility in August of 2014.

Hopefully, this article has been informative to you.  If you have any topics or items that you would like me to discuss in future columns, or you would like to comment on this article, please feel free to call me at the school at 751-6500 or email me at with your thoughts and ideas.