By Melanie Yingst
TROY — While students were home, school officials were hard at work at each one of the Troy City Schools’ nine school buildings over the summer.
A second entry and expanded parking at Troy Junior High School awaits students and staff this fall when school starts on Wednesday.
Director of facilities and maintenance Tytus Jacobs said the second entry way will ease traffic to and from the junior high school.
Ticon Inc. added the second drive for $90,607 for the second entry on Adams Street. The funding was provided through the district’s Permanent Improvement fund.
The design of the entry and parking expansion was developed by Steve Leffel, engineer with the RDA Group Inc.
The new entrance will be an “in-only” route for anyone coming to Troy Junior High School or for anyone wanting to turn right to come to the High School. The old entrance and exit will now be an “exit” only. The new entrance will eliminate the drop off for students behind the junior high school.
Jacobs also said the number of parking spaces also has doubled in front of the junior high school.
Roof replacements at Troy High School and Troy Junior High have been completed.
Tuck pointing, the practice filling in missing grout between bricks, was done Troy High School and Van Cleve Sixth Grade building.
Jacobs said the 100 year-old Van Cleve building is structurally sound despite its 100th birthday.
“Van Cleve is a solid building — solid brick clear through,” Jacobs said. “It is sound, safe, it is a very good building. The district has done a very good job of taking care of Van Cleve, because of that we are still using it 100 years later.”
The Miami County Preschool has moved to the Van Cleve Annex for its students this fall. The annex once housed music and industrial art classes. The preschool is under the direction of the Miami County Education Service Center. The preschool moved from its former location at the former Stouder Hospital building.
Jacobs also said the district is utilizing LED lighting in and around the district. Jacobs said the LED lighting uses one-third of the electric as traditional lighting.• Troy Memorial Stadium also updated its exterior lighting and added more handi-cap parking spaces.
• The district also has redesigned the pick-up and drop-off areas for students at Heywood Elementary School. New curbs and expanded parking, including moving the handi-cap accessible parking spaces closer to the building are part of its exterior improvements. The curb of McKaig will be rebuilt and buses will park to pick-up and drop-off students along Ridge Avenue. Parents will drop off students in the parking lot area in the back of the building.
• Concord Elementary had windows replaced in four of its classrooms in the 1972 addition.• Cookson Elementary had window and door caulking work completed this year.• Hook Elementary had LED lighting installed in and around the building.• The district spent nearly $10,000 on certified mulch for the district’s playgrounds. Much of the mulch was washed away by last spring’s storms. More than 450 tons of mulch was added to the district’s play areas.• All schools received patched asphalt in the parking lots of the schools.
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