It’s clean-up, paint-up, fix-up week at Madison-Plains Local Schools.
In his first report as superintendent, Tim Dettwiller told the board of education Tuesday evening the campus on Linson Road is undergoing a much-needed beautification process, inside buildings and out.
Offices in the buildings which had not been painted for years are receiving fresh coats of paint. Carpets are being replaced and new, mid-range-priced furnishings are being purchased.
Outside, lawn edging is being performed as is mulching in flower beds.
Dettwiller said the administration is endeavoring to hire all local contractors. Currently, there are 13 employed.
Dettwiller then called on athletic director Matt Mason to outline the work needed to bring the field house into the 21st century. Work is starting on the outside with a power wash of the concrete block structure and repaint.
Dettwiller said the west wall, which faces the stadium, will be emblazoned with the Madison-Plains logo and Golden Eagle mascot. The same logo will be painted onto the back wall of the press box.
On the opposite side of the field house, seven entry doors will be replaced.
The inside of the building will undergo a complete face list. Old plumbing fixtures and a storage cage will be removed. The shower room will have 10 shower heads in 10 separate stalls.
Also in the field-house re-do will be fresh paint on ceilings and walls, new lighting, coach’s office remodel, more exhaust fans, 55 new football lockers and weight room re-location and refurbish. Free weights are being removed from mezzanine due to safety concerns.
Mason said the tab for the remodeling is $20,685. He has already received a donation from the athletic boosters of $2,000 and he will raise the remainder of the 40 percent of the 60/40 shared cost.
Dettwiller said the administration wants the students “to have pride” in their facilities and visitors to have respect for the campus.
Mason said work has already commenced and he anticipates it being completed by week five of the football season.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.