Schools set to start year fresh with summer maintenance projects

Even though the school year has come to an end, many campuses are busy with summer school and, thanks to the recent bond, various renovations.

A team of painters, along with summer help from the Transportation and Child Nutrition departments, are currently working at Harlingen High School South in refurbishing campus lockers and painting them Hawk green and orange.

Ken Lee, director of maintenance for HCISD, said the project involves sanding and prepping lockers, along with taping off and protecting the floors.

Not only will lockers be painted, but interior hallways changed to white with Hawk green and orange stripes. The South custodian team has assisted with painting and has already completed many areas where there are no lockers.

“Se miran como astronautos,” a Child Nutrition employee said, describing workers painting upstairs as looking like astronauts.

Workers are glad for the extra hours, since they usually have unpaid summers off.

“Gracias a dios por tener la opertunidad de trabajar,” one of the workers said, thanking God for having the opportunity to work. ” We wouldn’t have had a job if it weren’t for the Bond,” Magdalena Rangel of the Child Nutrition department said.

Over at Long Elementary, all floor tiles in the gym have been removed and will be replaced. There is not yet a set date as to when the new tiles will be installed.

At Lee Means Elementary, workers arrived early in an effort to beat the Texas heat. Concreted was poured to create a sidewalk connecting the gym and basketball court. After it rained students were typically confined to playing only in the gym but with the new side walk, students will have access to the basketball court, giving them additional space to play.

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