Two school tours set to show bond needs 2013.04.24

Written by David Green.

The problems aren’t always apparent to the eye, said Morenci Elementary School custodian Lori Wilson, but there’s certainly no shortage of maintenance issues at Morenci’s school facilities.

Many of those problems will be pointed out to district residents next week during two walk-throughs scheduled to tour the facilities. The first is planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, followed by a 7 p.m. session Thursday, May 2. Participants should meet at the steel-sided weight-training facility on the south side of the high school parking lot.

The walk-throughs are scheduled to educate the public about the maintenance needs before the May 7 bond vote. District taxpayers will be asked to extend the existing school bond to bring in $2.9 million for projects while keeping tax rates the same.

Problems that could be addressed by the bond include the roof at the high school, elementary school and transportation building; the parking lot at the high school; indoor and outdoor bleachers; the home press box at the football field; the elementary school heating and plumbing systems; asbestos abatement at the elementary school; and filtration systems at all three schools.

The board of education would also like to examine energy efficiency options.

Technology needs continue to change and several upgrades are needed, ranging from computers to switches and servers. The bond would also pay for the purchase of 300 iPads for classroom use. Phone system and public address systems needs are also on the list.

The board will consider the purchase of a bus if the bond passes, and address maintenance issues in the bus parking area.

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