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APS committee gets updates on projects & ongoing maintenance issues

Submitted by on January 14, 2020 – 12:46 amNo Comment

The property committee for the Alpena Public Schools board of education met Monday, and received an update on ongoing maintenance issues as well as information on some projects, including new fencing at Sunset school.

The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA) leases a portion of Sunset for preschool programs and office space. The agency wants to erect a chain link fence alongside a portion of the building to keep young children from wandering off the property. There would be no cost to the school district.

Meanwhile, Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union continues to work on establishing a branch inside the high school. Kids and staff will have access to an ATM machine and credit union services once the project is completed.

Superintendent John VanWagoner said crews have installed some new protective padding on hard surfaces inside the high school gymnasium. Some additional padding is still needed. All funding for the project was raised through donors and sponsors.

A new metal shed has been installed on the backside of the high school to house items for the robotics program. A donation from Besser Foundation paid for the shed.

And, the school district continues to struggle over maintenance issues with old heating and control systems, electrical and plumbing issues, and leaking roofs. VanWagoner said staff is doing a “great job” maintaining as much as it can, but that all of the issues have to do with aging equipment and products.

“We’re just at the end of life with these things,” he added.

Many of the issues shared with the committee Monday, would be addressed if voters approve a school bond proposal during the March election. APS is asking for 1.8 mills for 25 years.