Waverly’s summer break may feel long to students and parents, yet every day of it is very busy for those who remain. Tracey Fiss, Waverly’s Business and Facilities Manager since 2006, experiences long days during the summer overseeing an extensive list of renovation to the school. For Tracey and her crew, Carlos Aldaco and John Hernandez (with others, including some Waverly students pictured here!), summer is a short time for all the improvements and changes needed for each campus. The day after school ended Carlos broke ground on the elementary play space, working extensively during many hotter than normal summer days with his hand-picked crew to complete the playground redesign. The middle and high school were also included in the lengthy list of projects. The work included:
- 140 yards of soil was removed to level off the playground twelve inches.
- A new bike path was created around the perimeter of the wood chip area (which is all new and twelve inches deep!).
- A new sand box was created that is deeper and twice the size of the previous one and thoughtfully constructed to include the tree for natural shade.
- The swings, dome, and tube were removed and repositioned.
- New asphalt was poured and new lines were painted.
- About 16 new bicycles and scooters were purchased.
- Every down-stair classroom was remodeled, including new paint, new cubbies, new bulletin boards, new carpet in some rooms, and new cabinetry all hand crafted by our resident carpenter Carlos’ dad, Señor Aldaco!
- John stripped and waxed all the floors (up to seven layers of shine on our very worn floors) and shampooed all the rugs.
- We had our five-year fire sprinkler and fire alarm tests, which included servicing over 50 fire extinguishers.
- The middle school big room had a massive upgrade that included sand blasting, patching, sealing and recementing the floors. The walls and cabinetry were all freshly painted. The air conditioning unit was refaced to look more attractive and industrial chic!
- We also purchased a shade structure for the middle school outdoor area.
- In the high school student lounge, Carlos made more creative use of the space by building bench style seating with new cushions!
- New microwaves and a larger fridge (all in the same color!) were purchased for this space.
- And, all the air conditioners were serviced!
And the work continues:
- Research and plans for an elementary treehouse structure are in place and we await the padding for our new climbing wall, which will arrive this month.