District 279 finishes summer facility-improvement work

Crews did 34 projects across 20 sites

With the start of school quickly approaching, the Osseo School District is finishing many summer projects to prepare the facilities for students and teachers.

“While our staff work on facility projects year-round, summer offers an opportunity for us to take on extensive work that’s best done when the buildings are less used,” said Dale Carlstrom, director of facilities and transportation operations.

This summer the district has been working on 34 projects at 20 sites. Projects range in cost from $5,000 to $1.3 million.

Carlstrom said the projects were outlined as part of the 10-year facility improvement plan. The district is in the fourth year of the plan.

According to Carlstrom, the goals of the projects include ensuring safe and healthy schools, supporting teaching and learning, protecting the community’s investment and promoting efficient use of resources.

This year projects included work such as repaving defective surfaces, enhancing security, restoring climate control systems and abating asbestos.

Here are some of the projects Carlstrom highlighted:

• Student pick-up and drop-off areas at Crest View Elementary in Brooklyn Park are being repaved, and the front office is redesigned to improve visibility, security and customer service.

• The district is replacing outdated, malfunctioning air conditioning components at Fernbrook Elementary in Maple Grove.

• Two science classrooms at North View Junior High in Brooklyn Park are being renovated. Crews are replacing outdated plumbing, fixtures and lab stations.

• Due to water damage, the tile floor in the gymnasium at Crest View is being replaced with a wood floor.

• The clay lab at Osseo Senior High, which was originally designed as a science lab, is being renovated. The finished room will include new cabinetry and more appropriate work surfaces.

• Roof restoration is occurring at various buildings in the district as part of a systematic plan to the restore all roof sections in the district. About $2 million is allotted each year for roof restoration, Carlstrom said.

• The tennis courts at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park are being restored to create a smooth, playable surface.

• Workers were replacing boilers at Crest View and Fair Oaks Elementary, both in Brooklyn Park. According to Carlstrom, the original boilers heated the buildings for nearly 40 years, and they are being replaced with more dependable and efficient systems. Both buildings are also getting more energy-efficient water heaters.

“We’ve been working hard this summer to prepare the facilities for another year of teaching and learning,” Carlstrom said. “The examples I described … are just some of the many projects we’re working on and are part of this effort to provide effective schools. By Sept. 4 we will be for a new school year …”