Superintendent Brad Hanson said the installation team from Musco Sports Lighting worked through last weekend to mount the new lights at Burl Fowler Stadium. The old lights will be coming down this week as crews complete transferred power for the lights, pressbox and field house underground.
The Monett Athletic Complex (the Mac), formerly the city's Gymnastics Center, will have new turf-like carpet installed this week. Hanson said new front doors will be installed and a school team is working on a new sign. The building will be ready for use by Aug. 1.
"Put on your sunglasses" was Hanson's assessment of the new lights in the high school gymnasium. He told board members the replacements were noticeably brighter and will turn on and off immediately, without warming up.
Acoustical treatments in the gym were over three-quarters completed. By the end of this week, Hanson expected tests could be run to see if more fine tuning was needed to improve the room's sound quality.
New lights in the commons room at the high school were turned on for the first time on Tuesday. Hanson said that was the one job where there was concern about getting done on time. According to a spokesperson at the high school, the commons room is now "much brighter and very cheery."
Renovations on the old high school wrestling room, combining it with the old weight room, have been completed. The rubberized floor has been installed, Hanson reported. Coaches are working this week to assemble the new weight racks. Hanson said the new room is double the size of the old one and will make a quality facility in which athletes can train.
High school cooling
Crews with Gold Mechanical drained the water from the ground source heating and cooling system at the high school on July 16 to begin repairs. Water lines to the north wing by the weight room were repaired.
Six valves were installed in the heating and cooling water lines around the gym area, which has been prone to leaks. Hanson said sections of the system can now be disengaged for repairs without draining the entire system. Another six valves were added in every wing to aid future maintenance.
Crews found the water lines through the rest of the high school's system in good condition for their age. No other major problems were found, Hanson said. This week crews will begin refilling the system.
Filtering the water of all the rust and chemicals will take several weeks. A decision will be made then on additives to prevent freezing and resetting the flow rate. A full report, including suggestions on replacing pipe sections in the future, will be made for the board.
While the ground source system has been out of service, the high school has had no air conditioning. Hanson rented eight air conditioning units for the interim, including two for the office, two for the library for humidity, one of each computer server area and two for the gymnasium. The architects recommended keeping the gym floor cooled to prevent buckling.
The last summer maintenance project involved removing the freezer from the kitchen at Monett Elementary School, the last project in the second phase of campus renovations. Work space expanded by an additional 10 to 15 percent in the kitchen, relieving cramped conditions.
A dropped ceiling and new lights were added in the kitchen. The new freezer will be placed in a storage room off the back of the kitchen as planned.
Preparations for the new school year include hosting the Monett Chamber of Commerce's luncheon for new district faculty and staff on Aug. 2. For the first time, the luncheon will be held at the career center campus on Thursday, Aug. 2.
Dedication of the career center with its new name, the Scott Regional Technology Center, will taken place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. Former superintendent Dr. Ralph Scott, who led the effort to secure one of the first vocational-technical schools in the state, will be on hand for the occasion.
Hanson anticipated the career center will be commonly referred to as Scott Tech, just as the career center in Joplin is known as Franklin Tech.
Teachers will return for the 2012-13 school year on Aug. 9. Hanson will brief the faculty on preliminary numbers from the state's standardized tests and annual performance review. The first day of classes will be Wednesday, Aug. 15.