NORTHFIELD CENTER — Some much-needed repairs and upgrades will be coming this spring and summer to the schools in the Nordonia Hills district

The school administration recently announced tentative plans for about $1.5 million in fixes throughout the district's facilities. Superintendent Joe Clark said that funding for the repairs and upgrades will come from the 6.98-mill continuing operating levy passed by voters in May 2019. The levy generates about $7 million per year for the district. The Nordonia Hills schools are "just now starting to collect" revenue from the levy, Clark added.

"Safety, security and student comfort items top the list of priorities for the Nordonia Hills City School District as the business department plans its spring and summer projects," Clark said.

Clark said that repairing potholes in the parking lots and fixing leaks in the roofs "will be addressed at all buildings, as well as updating panels to comply with new fire code."

"HVAC units at each building will be replaced or serviced, and damaged old student furniture will be replaced with flexible furniture that provides more cooperative and innovative approaches to instruction," Clark said. "Additional safety measures include adding security cameras to each building, as well as updating alert systems that notify office staff when exterior doors are open. Some buildings will see fresh coats of paint, and others will see non-working restroom facilities repaired."

The list of repairs Clark listed in a written update to parents and those involved in the district is tentative, he said.

"Any unplanned emergency repairs could disrupt some of the items on the list," Clark said.

Nordonia High School

• Asphalt: sealing and coating of various areas. Create a safer practice area for the marching band. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Door alert system: update the alert system that notifies staff when the exterior doors are opened. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Fire panel: recent changes in fire codes require upgrading electrical and fire panel systems to ensure they are in proper working condition in the event of a drill or emergency. These include updates/replacements to add CO2 detectors, strobes, speakers, etc. Approximate cost: $80,000;

• Student furniture: replace old and damaged student furniture with flexible furniture that provides more cooperative and innovative approaches to instruction. Approximate cost: $50,000;

• HVAC: replace 2 rooftop units. Approximate cost: $50,000;

• Phase 2 of roof restoration project: year 2 of restoring the high school roof will provide complete tear-offs and renovations to the intersection of 100 & 500 hallways, and 600 hallway. Approximate cost: $600,000;

• Restrooms: renovate non-functional student restrooms. Approximate cost: $25,000; and

• Security cameras: add and update security cameras and software. Approximate cost: $5,000

Middle School

• Asphalt: address uneven areas in student drop-off areas, cracks in steps, etc. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Door alert system: update the alert system that notifies us when exterior doors are opened. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Fire panel: recent changes in fire codes require upgrading electrical and fire panel systems to ensure they are in proper working condition in the event of a drill or emergency. These include updates and replacements to add CO2 detectors, strobes, speakers, etc. Approximate cost: $68,000;

• Gym walls: strip and resurface the gym walls. Approximate cost: $2,500;

• Student furniture: replace old and damaged student furniture with flexible furniture that provides more cooperative and innovative approaches to instruction. Due to a large group coming into 7th grade, 2 additional classrooms of furniture will need to be purchased. Approximate cost: $40,000;

• HVAC: replace 1 rooftop unit and perform needed repairs. Approximate cost: $20,000;

• Roofing: repair leaking areas and drains that tend to back up. Approximate cost: $7,500;

• Security cameras: add and update security cameras and software. Approximate cost: $5,000;

Lee Eaton

• Asphalt: repair cracking/unlevel areas, and repair sinking issues by playground area. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Door alert system: update the alert system that notifies us when exterior doors are opened. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Fire panel: recent changes in fire codes require upgrading electrical and fire panel systems to ensure they are in proper working condition in the event of a drill or emergency. These include updates/replacements to add CO2 detectors, strobes, speakers, etc. Approximate cost: $50,000;

• Student furniture: replace old and damaged student furniture with flexible furniture that provides more cooperative and innovative approaches to instruction. Cafeteria furniture a priority at Lee Eaton. Approximate cost: $20,000;

• HVAC: replace 1 rooftop unit. Approximate cost: $20,000;

• Roofing: fix leaking areas and drains that back up. Approximate cost: $7,500;

• Security cameras: add and update security cameras and software. Approximate cost: $3,000;

• Security window/transaction drawer: add in main entrance area to office area. Approximate cost: $6,000;

Ledgeview

• Asphalt: repair cracking areas in the rear of the building. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Door alert system: update the alert system that notifies us when exterior doors are opened. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Fire panel: recent changes in fire codes require upgrading electrical and fire panel systems to ensure they are in proper working condition in the event of a drill or emergency. These include updates/replacements to add CO2 detectors, strobes, speakers, etc. Approximate cost: $50,000;

• Student furniture: replace old and damaged student furniture flexible furniture that provides more cooperative and innovative approaches to instruction. Approximate cost: $15,000;

• HVAC: full preventative maintenance service on all components and systems. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Roofing: repair leaking areas and drains that tend to back up. Approximate cost: $7,500;

• Security cameras: add and update security cameras and software. Approximate cost: $3,000;

• Sound system for gym: replace non-working system. Approximate cost $15,000;

Northfield

• Asphalt: repair cracking and sinking areas. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Door alert system: update the alert system that notifies us when exterior doors are opened. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Fire panel: recent changes in fire codes require upgrading electrical and fire panel systems to ensure they are in proper working condition in the event of a drill or emergency. These include updates/replacements to add CO2 detectors, strobes, speakers, etc. Approximate cost: $50,000;

• Student furniture: replace old and damaged student furniture with flexible furniture that provides more cooperative and innovative approaches to instruction. Approximate cost: $15,000;

• HVAC: full preventative maintenance service on all components and systems, and replace 1 rooftop unit. Approximate cost: $20,000;

• Roofing: repair leaking areas and drains that back up. Approximate cost: $7,500;

• Security cameras: add and update security cameras and software. Approximate cost: $3,000;

Rushwood

• Asphalt: repair cracking/unlevel issues in rear parking area by playground, expand play area to allow for basketball hoops. Approximate cost: $12,500;

• Door alert system: update the alert system that notifies us when exterior doors are opened. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Student furniture: replace old and damaged student furniture with flexible furniture that provides more cooperative and innovative approaches to instruction. Approximate cost: $15,000;

• Gym wall: the roof issue that was causing excessive moisture on the interior of the wall has been addressed. Now the wall will be stripped to the block, the inside of the base reinforced, sealed, and repainted. Approximate cost: $5,000;

• HVAC: full preventative maintenance service on all components and systems. Approximate cost: $10,000;

• Roofing: repair leaking areas and drains that back up. Approximate cost: $7,500;

• Security cameras: add and update security cameras and software. Approximate cost: $3,000;

The district also has plans to replace non-working fuel pumps at its fuel island, which will cost about $15,000, and will repair the cracking and sinking issues at the maintenance and transportation lots, which will cost about $12,500.

Clark said that some of the work would be done by district maintenance staff; some work, such as roof repairs and HVAC work would be contracted out. He added that the school board did not need to formally approve this list "but they are aware and supportive of the projects."

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC