Summertime is the best time to maintain and upgrade district facilities, and this year, LCS is doing so in big ways. Below is a list of maintenance and facility construction projects scheduled this summer.
Baseball and Softball Field Upgrades - Sonny Wheeler and Ralph Cornwell Fields will be getting makeovers this summer as the district upgrades both surfaces to turf. Demolition began on, June 20th, on the backstop of the baseball and softball fields. Both backstops are expected to be rebuilt by mid-August. Turf for the softball field will begin installation beginning the week of July 10th with a finish date prior to the end of August. The baseball turf will begin installation at the beginning of August and should be completed in late September.
Baseball and Softball Light Installation/Bowlus Field Lighting Upgrade - The field project also includes the installation of LED lighting for both the baseball and softball fields and upgraded LED lighting for Bowlus Field. Lighting materials for all three fields will begin to be delivered the week of July 10th. Lighting for the football will be prioritized to be completed by August 3rd with baseball and softball to be completed afterward.
Track Reconditioning - The track is scheduled to be reconditioned beginning Wednesday, July 5th, and completed on July 13th. The vendor will come back approximately five days later in order to be lined and sealed.
Paving - The district annually repaves/seals a third of the campus. This year, the main entrance to London High School, the high school parking lot, and all areas south of the greenhouse but including the east athletic drive will be repaired and resealed. Work will take place on July 6th and 7th.
Annual Gym Resealing - The London Middle School and London High School gyms will be closed from June 29th - July 9th in order to be cleaned and resealed.
Complete Safety Overhaul - Last, but perhaps, most importantly, the district is also working with several vendors to completely overhaul the district’s security system. Upgrades will include a new alarm system along with the technological capacity to support it, namely, a battery backup and server dedicated to network surveillance video. The new alarm system will provide district administrators and security personnel with immediate push notifications for perimeter entry or propped doors. The system will also provide the immediate capability to remotely lock down an entire school or the district if needed. Along with the alarm system, grant funds will be used to install and/or repair key fob-accessible doors as well as replace cores for all mechanical locks to perimeter doors in every district school. Finally, funds will also be used to install and replace surveillance cameras district-wide. Work on the security upgrades will begin July 10th and are expected to be completed by the start of the school year.
Besides the projects listed above, the district maintenance team is also deep cleaning each classroom and polishing floors throughout the district in preparation for a fantastic 2023-2024 school year.