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  • USD 250 talks summer maintenance plans

  • When the cat’s away, the mice will play, or so goes the old saying. But there’s a twist on that saying in education: When students are away, construction crews will play.

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  • When the cat’s away, the mice will play, or so goes the old saying. But there’s a twist on that saying in education: When students are away, construction crews will play.
    Pittsburg USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown told school board members at Monday’s meeting about all the plans in the school district for maintenance and construction over the summer.
    Brown described remodeling efforts to autism rooms at Pittsburg Community Middle School, along with life skills areas, like a kitchen and laundry sections.
    “We also have roof maintenance in the district in the summer. We don’t have much, but there is some,” Brown said.
    Brown said the finishing touches will be put on the softball field, provided the weather gives enough opportunity for crews to get on the scene. Also at PHS, the lighting will be worked on in the auditorium.
    Over at Lakeside Elementary, a hole in the playground fence will be patched, while Westside will get a slightly extended playground with the purchase of nearby property. Westside will also see a redone reception area to help secretaries get a better view of incoming visitors.
    At Hutchinson Field, the football scoreboard has been malfunctioning, and Brown said the district can’t get parts for it, and the scoreboard will have to be replaced. That will be done using insurance money after Hutchinson Field had some wind damage earlier. In particular, a sign that had been damaged will not be replaced, and those funds will be directed to the scoreboard.
    Even at Bevan Education Center, work has already begun to address discoloration caused by rainfall that ran straight down the exterior.
    Finally, while work won’t necessarily happen this year, Brown spent a portion of his time talking about the tennis courts. The tennis courts at Pittsburg State will be torn down in August to make way for the Pittsburg State Center for the Arts.
    “We’re working on what to do to replace the tennis courts,” Brown said. “We’re working with the city and Pittsburg State. We’re in the very early stages of that. We’re still probably a year away from anything on that. The city is going to renovate the Lincoln Park courts for us to use this year.”
    Brown even presented some “very preliminary” drawings of what the tennis courts would look like if they were placed on property near Pittsburg High School. He said that 10 courts would be needed in order to host state competitions.
    “We’re struggling with need and what we want,” Brown said. “There will be at least eight.”
    In other action on Monday, the school board:
    • agreed to a change in the PCMS basketball program, introducing an interscholastic/feeder program.
    Page 2 of 2 - • heard a presentation from the SEK Interlocal 637 about funding and programs offered for special education.
    • approved a trip to Boston for the high school journalism program to attend the National Scholastic Press Association.
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