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Summer Brings Maintenance, Improvement Projects to Osseo Area Schools

Jul 26, 2016 12:29PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Osseo Area Schools - ISD 279

When the school year finishes each June, the start of summer vacation often means the beginning of building maintenance and improvement projects throughout ISD 279 - Osseo Area Schools.

Here are a few of the projects underway during the summer of 2016 in the district.

  • $1.5 million in roofing repairs and $1 million in pavement repairs (parking lots, sidewalks, driveways) throughout the district.
  • New high efficiency LED lighting in the Maple Grove, Osseo, and Park Center Senior High gyms. “They provide better quality lighting and are two to three times more efficient than previous bulbs,” ISD 279-Osseo Area Schools School/Community Relations Director Barbara Olson said.
  • Installation of a new playground at Edinbrook Elementary in Brooklyn Park.
  • Installation of new synthetic floor and new divider curtains at Osseo Senior High
    Fire panel replacement at Maple Grove Middle School and Maple Grove Senior High to “upgrade the panel functionality and decrease false alarms,” according to a memo presented at the June 14 School Board meeting.
  • Replacement of interior finishes and restroom renovations at North View Middle School in Brooklyn Park during two phases (2017 and 2018). Phase one of the project (during the 2017 fiscal year) includes floor and wall finishes in the cafeteria, hallways, and restroom on the first floor, according to a memo presented at the May 17 School Board meeting.

“The biggest long-term facilities project is underway at Osseo Senior High,” Olson said. “It involves revamping the entire power supply to the building.”

The items being replaced, such as transformers and switch gears (not interior lighting, outlets), and “well past their useful, reliable, and safe life,” Olson said. “The transformers that are currently inside the building will be taken out and replaced with transformers located outside the building, where Xcel Energy can access them more easily.”

The size of the project at Osseo Senior High School meant shutting off the power supply to the building for the majority of the summer. Power was able to be redirected to allow the gym and fitness center to remain open for use. 

“It will all be complete and the building ready for students and staff before school starts,” Olson said, stating the Osseo Senior High electrical project is ahead of schedule and under budget. 

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