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By April Jaynes ajaynes@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS — At a recent meeting of the Gallipolis City School District Board of Education, members discussed various projects the district completed over the summer, as well as ongoing and future projects.

With the beginning of the new school year under way, the superintendent’s recommendations and reports incited discussion about various projects the district has completed and what the district is looking to do in the future.

Mace gave an update on some of the completed summer work projects, which were funded by the U.S. Department’s Race to the Top grant.

Some of the districts completed projects include the replacement of three of the high school’s water heaters, replacing the front door of the band building, various painting jobs, the installation of 24 new computers, re-coating gym floors, installing storage buildings at Green Elementary and Rio Grande Elementary for lawn mowers, and installing blinds at the north side of the buildings of Green and Rio to cut down on heat and light in the afternoon.

Additionally, board members discussed air conditioning issues that the district is currently fixing on the third floor of Washington Elementary and Gallia Academy Middle School.

“I know we’ve had some trouble with the HVAC system, the compressors at Washington,” Mace said. “For some reason, the air is blowing hot air.”

Temperatures at the middle school were fluctuating during the summer as well, according to board members.

“I mean, I can tell you this summer, I’ve come in and it’s been as cold as 58 (degrees.) It’s been 58 in my room, and then I’ll come in the following day and it will be 98,” Board Member Dr. Tim Kyger said. “We had one that was over 100 at one time.”

Mace said he thinks leaving the front doors open could be contributing to the problem and that he is currently looking into the situation.

“The compressor has a hard time with the temperature, trying to regulate it. So that could have had something to do with it,” he said. “I think that all goes back to what we discussed about having it controlled, and I do want to let you know that I am meeting with Honeywell, and they’re going to walk through the building — the same thing that I had done before — and get a proposal together to see how they can help us. But we do need to really look at what’s happening with that. That shouldn’t be happening. I thought I had the situation at the middle school taken care of.”

A future project that Mace presented for discussion among the board concerned the football field at the high school, which is currently not being used.

“We have the football field at the high school — inside the track — that has rocks, concrete and everything dumped in the middle of it. So what I would like to propose, is to get an estimate. I’d like to get an estimate to clean out the creek bed out there — if you’ve noticed how the township cleaned it up and how much nicer it looks and so forth — get an estimate of cleaning all that up next summer and taking probably about a foot off the football field, that would be about 7,000 yards of field dirt, and swapping the dirt from what they’re taking off the bank from the creek, that top soil, take it across to the football field, take the old fill, put it along by the creek,” he said.

Mace said ideally the field would be used for Biddy League and junior high games.

“If we could just get that crown — put all the Biddy League, and play some junior high games out there — and get people out there to see what we have, I think that’s important,” he said. “I think this is something that’s worth looking into. We may even be able to find some people to donate some time and equipment.”

The board also approved updated job descriptions at the meeting, which Mace said were recently updated for consistency.

“Coming into the school district, as we hire someone, we always have to redo a job description. Most of the job descriptions that were in the book were from 1988. A lot of things have changed since 1988,” he said. “So now it’s consistent all the way through.”

The next meeting of the Gallipolis City Schools District Board of Education will take place on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Gallia Academy Middle School library.

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