School may be out for summer in the , especially now that summer classes have finished, but that doesn't mean there isn't still a considerable amount of school work to do.
For example, there are hundreds classroom floors that need to be waxed.
The floor work falls under the purview of Terry Russell, Northwest's executive director of administrative services. He is responsible for seeing to the maintenance of Northwest's 12 campuses with a dozen buildings to maintain and keep running smoothly. Northwest buildings encompass 981,629 square feet on 256 acres of property throughout the district.
The summer months means "normal maintenance" Russell said, which includes stripping wax from and rewaxing every classroom floor. There are 431 classrooms.
This summer, there also will be new boilers installed at House Springs and Maple Grove elementary schools. An outside wall will be painted before classes resume at Valley Middle School this fall. Hallways in several Northwest schools also will be painted.
Two of the big projects this summer will be roof replacements on the Woodbridge Middle School gym and the Early Childhood Center gym. Those projects will be carried out by Bade Roofing Co., which was awarded the work by the Northwest Board of Education, following a competitive bidding process. Both roofs are expected to be completed before school starts this fall
"We are keeping an eye on everything," Russell said. "We have some age on our buildings, so maintenance is important. It takes quite a crew to get the job done."
To that end, Russell depends on the 54 members of the district's maintenance department, to make sure the school buildings look their best.
It may be most important at High Ridge Elementary School, where age is a factor. The school is the oldest in the district, originally built in 1936 and upgraded four times.
The newest school building in the district is the high school, built in 1998. It also is the largest at 334,200 square feet, housing 96 classrooms on a 63-acre campus.
"We have to get a little creative sometimes to get the job done, but we're able to manage," Russell said.
Below is a list of the Northwest School District's facilities, with information about their location, age, size and amount of classrooms. The list, in effect, represents Terry Russell's, and his maintenance staff's "to do" list for the summer and beyond.School Address Original construction Dates of Additions Square footage Size of campus (in acres) No. of classrooms Northwest High 6005 Cedar Hill Rd., Cedar Hill 63016 1998 2000 334,200 63 96 Woodridge Middle 2109 Gravois, High Ridge 63049 1963 1964, 1966, 1977 73,319 8.64 32 Valley Middle 4300 Gravois Rd., House Springs 63051 1957 1958,1961,1962, 1965, 1969,1971,1973,1974 173,060 56.83 80 Cedar Hill Intermediate 6471 Cedar Hill Rd., Cedar Hill, 63016 1944 1957, 1968, 1977, 1983 45,881 19.64 18 Cedar Springs Elementary 6992 Rivermont Trails, House Springs 63051 1989 none 61,876 25.25 26 Maple Grove Elementary 7887 Dittmer Ridge Rd., Dittmer 63023 1941 1957,1971,1972,1984, 2005 45,278 6.03 28 2101 Valley Dr. High Ridge 63049 1957 1961, 1966, 1967 45,577 12.3 29 4630 Brennan Rd., High Ridge 63049 1978 2009 48,238 16.88 31 2901 High Ridge Blvd., High Ridge 63049 1936 1957, 1961, 1966, 1967 46,962 7.2 33 House Springs Elementary 4380 Gravois Rd. House Springs 63051 1948 1957, 1969,1998, 2009 51,796 8.95 40 Early Childhood Center and Mid East Area Agency on Aging facility 6180 Highway MM, House Springs 1982 1984 55,442 31.67 18 Northwest Instructional & Student Svcs. Ctr.
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