The Vernon Secondary School replacement project is one of a number of initiatives that kept Vernon School District staff busy during the summer.

The Vernon Secondary School replacement project is one of a number of initiatives that kept Vernon School District staff busy during the summer.

Summer projects on target

From a fresh coat of paint at Alexis Park to duct cleaning at Ellison, the Vernon School District once again took advantage of the two-month summer break to complete a wide variety of maintenance projects.

From a fresh coat of paint at Alexis Park to duct cleaning at Ellison, the Vernon School District once again took advantage of the two-month summer break to complete a wide variety of maintenance projects.

“A big thanks to those folks who did all of the hard work to get our schools ready for opening,”  said secretary-treasurer Randy Hoffman, updating trustees at Tuesday’s district board meeting. “Many things happen over July and August and as always, school started on time, so starting with the end in mind — we made it, and all targets were met.”

Roofing projects were undertaken at Silver Star elementary, Kalamalka and Charles Bloom secondary schools, and the Dorothy Alexander Centre.

Electrical work was completed at Beairsto to upgrade the fire panel and all devices, and at JW Inglis to retrofit the gym lights to T5s.

Flooring projects were done at Beairsto, BX, Fulton and Hillview, where carpet was removed in several rooms and replaced with vinyl composition (VC) tile.

Other projects include upgrades to the gym floor at Lavington, replacement of school lockers at Mission Hill, an upgrade of the gym interior  at Beairsto, and replacement of treated wood playground borders at Harwood and Hillview.

“At VSS, the construction project is progressing along, as everyone can see,” said Hoffman.

Over the next month, the following work will take place at VSS: steel erection; masonry block walls on block C, which is the shops and arts area; roofing; siding and spray foam insulation; completion of the concrete works.

“A key milestone is the building envelope completed by Christmas to allow heating and start inside work such as walls, paint and flooring along with electrical and mechanical systems,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hoffman said the district continues to await funding announcements for the 2010/11 bus replacement program and the 2010/11 capital plans to address mechanical system upgrades to Okanagan Landing, Charles Bloom and the board office.