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Gary schools eye pool, roof, repairs

Updated: March 4, 2013 10:26PM



GARY — Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt wants to hire a project manager to oversee repairs to the school district’s swimming pools, boilers and roofs.

None of the district’s pools is in working condition and all are closed, as reported in a Post-Tribune story last month.

The district has also been plagued with boiler problems causing heat outages at aging schools and roof problems, leading to leaks and portions of some schools closed to students, like the media center at the West Side Leadership Academy.

In addition, Pruitt said she’ll recommend a director of building and grounds to the School Board later this month.

In the meantime, Pruitt said maintenance crews will focus repairs on one school at a time. She said painters and plumbers and other workers would spend about a week at each building, making necessary repairs to improve the efficiency of the system.

“At all our buildings, we have ongoing issues. We’ll discharge workers to one building and then go to the next building,” she said.

Board member Marion Williams, who heads the building and grounds committee, said the district needs to establish a new facilities plan.

“It’s time to adopt one and project what we’ll do in the next three years, what buildings will close and what will be renovated,” he said.

Pruitt said after the meeting that no schools in the district will be closed this year, despite a $12.8 million deficit.



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