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As the school year starts to wind down, students are probably counting the days until they can enjoy a much-needed break. At the same time, maintenance teams are awaiting for their work to begin.
Once summer vacation commences, schools will be left empty, which means its prime time for crews to make a slew of repairs and overhaul both their buildings and grounds so they can be in top condition come fall. Just take a look at Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, and its plans to make major strides in school upkeep - it may provide some ideas.
Lafourche begins its summer job According to The Houma Courier, the season of planned maintenance is upon schools throughout this Louisiana district. While children wrap up their final assignments, the community's maintenance staff members are inspecting their buildings and compiling a list of things in need of replacement or repair. Lafourche aims to fork over $43,000 to fund the various projects that will be carried out this summer.
"We'll be doing classroom repairs, floor repairs," said Marcus Danos, assistant maintenance and safety manager for Lafourche Parish school district. "We'll redo some floor overlays in some of our portable buildings, building more cubbies in some of the elementary schools, fixing the plumbing in some lavatories and things of that sort."
In addition to these more minor corrective maintenance tasks, the district's team is preparing to take care of its gym floors, an endeavor that's so extensive that the crew only does it every two years. Maintenance staff members will have to sand and prime the existing floor boards, lastly layering them with multiple coats of polyurethane so they can stave off wear and tear.
Lafourche's summer initiatives are helpful best practices. Brotherhood Mutual explained that although the upkeep associated with schools is no different than any other kind of building maintenance, these organizations have the benefit of having the summer all to themselves so they can complete all the essential projects in peace.
Capitalize on the season The summer is still a narrow timeframe during which schools have to complete the various planned maintenance efforts at hand, so students don't come back to a building full of half-finished projects. For this reason, maintenance crews should be realistic and only take on a feasible number of endeavors at one time, prioritizing the projects according to their importance. By picking the most crucial components - as well as those that get the most use throughout the year - schools can ensure everything is in tip-top shape when classes begin again.