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Walkabout of the high school By Mike Lakin During the February school board meeting at the high school, members of the public were taken on a tour of the high school. During the tour, it was pointed out to the public spe- cific issues concerning the 1912 and 1927 high school buildings. Of particular con- cern is the steamheat used for the school. The boiler system dates from World War II and there have been ongo- ing costs and repairs to the system. Todd Cyru- lik (right) explained the problems with the heating system. During the tour, it's important to keep in mind that the high school build- ing had been unoccu- pied for three consecu- tive days. The Monday school board meeting was on Presidents' Day and that was a day off at the school. However, when you walk through the older section of the school the one thing 'you noticed was the amount of heat in the hallways. Todd pointed out that the radiators do not operate properly and the only way to control the thermostat is through the office. So even though the building had been unoccupied, apparently they couldn't reduce the amount of heat being produced and the building was, as one person commented, hotter than an 'Amazon swamp", During the tour it was explained that a number of upgrades-changes had been made to the 1912-and 1927 buildings over 103-years. Around the ceilings are electri- cal cables and electrical wires on the surface of the walls and in some places there is a good deal of wires around the ceilings. In one room it was pointed out that there were all types of elec- trical upgrades costing $20,000 recently and that the upgrades could easily be seen. Just look up. Another aspect pointed out during the tour was a number of empty classrooms in the oldest sections of the school. These dasses were no longer being used due to the classrooms having been moved to the 2005 addition. Most of the empty dasses are on the third floor. Todd Cyrulik pointed out that even though the classrooms are unoccupied, they were still being heated. Notable during the tour was every time an addition was built, staircases were added and a good deal of the tour involved going up and down those staircases. As one person commented they were surprised at the number of staircases in the school. Todd didn't hear the question, but it was asked, "Why can't architects connect two buildings so the buildings connect without a staircase". Accompanying the article are photos taken during the tour. In one of the photos there is a black plastic type pipe along the ceiling. Superintendent Hamm said that was a repair to the heating system that cost several thousand dollars just to accom- plish what can be seen in the photo. The building tours are to inform the public about board issues with the older parts of the school so that a discussion can be held concerning the question of repair what is there or build a new building. 2O 0 gl o