Dumas Independent School District officials considered the tightening budget when they narrowed their summer maintenance projects and told the board of trustees they want to work on six of the district’s facilities and buy one piece of equipment.

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The board approved spending $104,884.87 during their meeting April 11, giving Director of Operations Eddie Crossland the green light to work on “projects that have been identified in the past and for one reason or another were not addressed due to more pressing needs.”

The district will spend $4,800 on 50-year-old Hillcrest Elementary School to repair the north exit/entry ramp that has deteriorated beyond repair and needs replacing. All of the projects were detailed in the board’s packet.

The biggest expense will be replacing 70 dry erase boards at seven campuses, the beginning of a goal to replace all the boards districtwide. The boards will be high quality porcelain on steel boards with a 50-year warranty.

The football fieldhouse, Green Acres and Morningside will get new flooring. Information in the board’s packet says the fieldhouse’s main hallway flooring has asbestos tile that appears to be original to the 48-year-old facility. The coaches’ office will be painted and get new carpeting, cabinets and some lighting. The mixture of tile and worn carpet at Green Acres, 61 years old, and Morningside, 62 years old, will be replaced with a wood grain commercial flooring.

The summer work will continue at the high school where the atrium’s skylights need to be replaced because they leak, even though they were repaired 10 years ago. A standing seam metal roof  that won’t be seen from the ground will cover them. Inside the atrium, a suspended ceiling will be installed in each opening with LED lighting to make up for the loss of exterior light.

All of the summer maintenance projects include:

  • Dry erase board replacement — $28,433.84
  • High school atrium sky lights — $15,402.95
  • Green Acres/Morningside flooring — $21,288
  • Hillcrest repairs — $4,800
  • Sunset freezer door — $4,500
  • Fieldhouse flooring/office remodel $16,803
  • Grounds mower — $104,884.87

Superintendant Monty Hysinger said the repairs will begin in June and are expected to be completed by Aug. 1.