By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
DEWITT — DeWitt has a growing community, and part of that is due to their quality schools. When it comes to public schools, quality does not just entail the standard of education. The status of school facilities is just as important.
While everything is generally well-maintained, some of DeWitt Public Schools’ parking lots have developed a few areas of cracks and pot holes.
“We have taken a few calls about specific [complaints regarding the condition and/ or layout of the schools’ roadways and parking lots], but our maintenance department does a good job of patching the holes as quickly as possible,” said DeWitt Superintendent John Deiter.
“I think it is pretty obvious the condition of the drives and lots around the schools mentioned,” said DeWitt Public Schools Director of Maintenance and Grounds Brian Reeve. “Right now, we fill pot holes with cold patch.”
“We seal cracks and fix potholes on a proactive basis,” said Deiter. “We will do some sealing of lots as well.”
According to a case study for DeWitt Public Schools by Plante & Moran, PLLC (PMC), similar bond funds completed in 2012 were used to renovate and upgrade seven of the district’s school buildings, construct classroom additions at an elementary school, new team building, tennis courts, track, field and concessions.
The renovations involved HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)/lighting controls, new roofs, windows, interior upgrades, site improvements, and technology upgrades, as well as security access controls.
It is hard to say exactly how much money is spent toward the maintenance of the roadways and parking lots each year, because, according to Deiter, they combine all of this into general maintenance.
“The repairs have to come from our general fund,” said Deiter. “New construction and major overhauls comes from bonds.”
“We are hopeful that our up-and-coming bond project will pass next year by the voters so we can start resurfacing those areas,” said Reeve.