New paint, graphics and a refinished floor are part of the $36,500 in improvements at the Ar-We-Va High School gym.
New paint, graphics and a refinished floor are part of the $36,500 in improvements at the Ar-We-Va High School gym.

July 24, 2017

Schools regularly complete minor summer maintenance projects to spruce up what gets worn down during the school year, but this summer, some area school districts have done more than tidying up.

Jeff Kruse, superintendant of both Ar-We-Va Community Schools and the South Central Calhoun School District, has spent his summer rotating between ongoing projects at both schools.

South Central Calhoun is finishing up a $100,000 parking-lot project to clean up an old asphalt teacher and student parking lot that had become broken up and cracked. The new lot will be refinished with concrete, Kruse said. A section of the parking lot that houses a concession stand is the last to be completed as the project winds down.

SCC also has new $11,000 stage curtains at the middle school in Rockwell City that will be put up before school starts again.

This past spring, SCC replaced an old school sign with a digital version that flashes information about events, the time and date, and more. Fundraising helped pay for the sign, which was installed in early May, in time for graduation.

Julia Jacobs, SCC’s technology coordinator, along with other volunteers, raised more than $10,000 from art and athletic boosters, FFA, teachers and members of the Class of 2016 for the sign. The Calhoun County Economic Development Corp. also donated $5,000 to support the school.

At Ar-We-Va, Kruse is overseeing the renovations in the upstairs gym. The multi-stage project began early this summer.

The first stage was repainting the gym walls, a $22,600 task. Improvements to the floors, which were beginning to bubble, was tackled next. The floors were sanded down and refinished, with repainting as the final step. The floor improvements cost $13,900.

The various projects will be completed in the next few weeks before school is back in full swing, Kruse said.