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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Work continues during Carrier Mills-Stonefort summer break

  • Though the bustle and clatter of students in the halls of the Carrier Mills schools has ceased for the summer, the janitorial staff is fully occupied in the routine tasks that allow the schools run smoothly during the school year.
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  • Though the bustle and clatter of students in the halls of the Carrier Mills schools has ceased for the summer, the janitorial staff is fully occupied in the routine tasks that allow the schools run smoothly during the school year.
    “They are doing the little projects that we have been putting of until we have time for them,” said Richard Morgan, superintendent of the Carrier Mills-Stonefort school district.
    Morgan stated that the janitorial staff will be replacing several toilets in the high school and will be pouring concrete ramps at the grade school pavilion to allow easy access for handicapped students. Also this summer, the district has hired contractors to resurface the parking lots at both schools. Morgan stated that a type of pre-surfacing primer, composed of recycled asphalt road surface, would be applied to badly worn spots and the parking lot areas needing repair would be resurfaced with oil and chip at the high school or asphalt at the grade school.
    “This primer extends the life of the resurfaced area and saves money for the district in the long term,” Morgan said.
    The roofs of both schools have undergone their annual inspection by Bond's Roofing of Marion and have been found to be in good repair. This is a matter of no small importance for the high school, which was built in the late 1930s. There is a small leakage in the grade school roof over the area of one corner of the multipurpose room and the waterproof membrane will be resealed and the roofing material repaired to correct this problem.
    The major improvement to both schools this summer and an item of importance to all parents with children in the Carrier Mills-Stonefort system is the installation of the video or “buzz-in” security system at the entryways of both schools. Thursday morning, the video security system at the front doors of the grade school was in the final stages of being fine-tuned and installation would be completed by the end of the day.
    This system will allow the school secretary to view any person wishing to enter the school over a closed circuit camera and to allow or withhold entry to that person.
    The work is being done by the Sonitrol Company from Evansville, Ind., and will allow a variety of options in the event of a school emergency. The primary feature of this system will be allowing controlled access to the schools for parents and approved service personal. The school secretary will be able to view anyone wishing entry to the school and selectively admit or deny access.
    “Besides the security entry system, there will be a panic button which will allow the school to immediately contact one of our company’s monitoring agents and that agent will dispatch the appropriate response, fire, ambulance, police, for the given situation,” Ben Delgado of Sonitrol said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The floors of both gyms will be given their annual inspection and resurfacing and a rain shield will be installed on the chimney of the high school.
    “We don't have any big projects this summer,” Morgan said. “Both our buildings are in good shape.”
     
     
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