District summer projects completed

By From page A1 | October 21, 2013

At the Oct. 8, El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting, EDUHSD Director of Maintenance and Operations Dan Augino presented the renovation projects completed over the summer at the district high schools.

The PowerPoint presentation showed “before” and “after” pictures of repair work, new construction and renovations.

At Ponderosa High School the small gym received major renovation with new wall covering, interior paint, new energy efficient lighting, new exterior siding, repair of water damage and new storage for PE equipment on the west side of the gym.

The main student parking lot was repaired and repaved with new striping and signage at entrance and exit.

The Ponderosa tennis courts were repaired and resurfaced, new chain link fencing was added, new tennis court nets and poles replaced old equipment and new asphalt was added between the courts and the stadium.

ADA accessibility was also improved with ramps, graded approaches to doors and asphalt repairs. Shade structure fencing was removed, opening the area for students.

The Ponderosa cafeteria was remodeled in order to increase efficiency of service, with new laminated wall covering added inside to create a washable, more durable surface, improvements to the serving area, a reach-in beverage cooler, self-serve area, a canopy and canopy snack bar to add more covered outdoor seating and service.

“We wanted to have just one lunch time instead of two,” said Augino, “and we had to figure out a configuration so we could feed 2,000 kids in a 35-minute period. This allows much faster service and kids who just want a sandwich or a beverage don’t have to wait to be served — they can get it themselves.”

A similar system is being designed for El Dorado High School’s cafeteria with an eye to construction next summer.

At Shenandoah High School, a central vacuuming system was added to the Cosmetology ROP program.

Two irrigation line breaks were repaired at Union Mine High School and three different methods of rejuvenating the varsity baseball field turf were tested.

El Dorado High School received a roof replacement over the large gym, the gym foyer and the boys’ locker room. Water damage was repaired and the job was completed with new rain gutters, trim and finish.

In addition, the fire sprinkler system was redesigned to increase water volume and efficiency and old 4-inch lines replaced with new 10-inch lines. A 1,600-gallon temporary storage tank for pool wastewater drainage was installed.

At Oak Ridge High School, the cafeteria roof was replaced. The Varsity baseball field received a new backstop and fencing courtesy of the Oak Ridge High School Foundation. The foundation also provided funding for a new floor and weight equipment for the weight room, which was expanded this summer.

ORHS’s small gym received a new hardwood floor, new two-tone paint and column dry wall replacement with painted plywood and new padding.

The large gym with a new gym lobby is in the process of being expanded, with expected completion by Dec. 1. “We are hoping to have it open before the basketball season opener,” said Augino.

A new wrestling room was also  built this summer, incorporating a new storage area and a covered walkway.

“When people ask me if I had a relaxing summer, I  just look at them,” Augino said. “Summer is our busiest time.”

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530-344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @WSchultzMtDemo.

Wendy Schultz

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