Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) is taking advantage of the empty schools to check off items on the renovation list.
 
Facility services staff have 208 projects on-the-go throughout the division.
 
Projects range from a fresh coat of paint and re-waxing gymnasium floors to more complex tasks, like mechanical work, new roofing, flooring and new electrical systems.
 
"There is a lot of annual or regular maintenance being done to ensure that we can extend the life of the building and the facilities within it," said Trina Boymook, board chair at Elk Island Public Schools.
 
Here in Fort Saskatchewan, all EIPS school fire alarm systems are undergoing inspections.
 
Over at École Parc Élémentaire, work includes a new domestic hot water tank and exterior paint.
 
Fort Christian is getting a new coat of wax on the gym floor.
 
Other schools are under more serious renovations:
Fort Elementary:
- Cleaning and servicing the dust collector.
- Cleaning the commercial kitchen exhaust system.
 
Fort High:
- Replacing the fascia.
- Renovations to the science lab prep area.
- Replacing the flooring in the office, music room and a storage room.
- Replacing the acoustic tiles in the music room and the gymnasium.
- Cleaning the septic system, grease trap and sump pit.
- Painting the exterior flashing and trim.
 
James Mowat Elementary:
- Renovations to the main office.
- Replace the flooring in some of the classrooms.
- Upgrade the data cabling.
- Cleaning and servicing the dust collector.
- Painting various doors inside the school.
- Replacing the concrete and asphalt sidewalk outside of the portables.
 
Rudolph Hennig Junior High:
- Cleaning and servicing the dust collector.
- Installing a unit heater in one of the classrooms.
- Testing the emergency generator.
 
Win Ferguson Elementary:
- Replacing the hallway flooring.
- Replacing the exterior doors.
- Re-coating the gymnasium floor.
 
"Our facility department is super busy, going really hard and [all of the projects] will be completed by August 30 when the kids come back to school," assured Boymook.
 
Major work on the schools like this often happens over the summer when students are away so that workers can ensure a safe environment when students return.

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